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Are We Falling Off The Climate Precipice?

Scenic And Historic Trips (Descriptions) Worth Your While

"Space Blankets"

[Excerpt from the website…]:  FLORA by MAX is a plant database that is being constructed for educational purposes and to help me remember the plants that I have identified.  I am a professional geologist (retired from the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio in 2008) and an amateur botanist (began studying plants in 2004 as a retirement hobby).  The site is under constant editing and revision - it will never be finished.  -

Indiana-Michigan-Ohio Trip - (2014)


Sam A. Baker State Park

Hughes Mountain Missouri

Kansas City Missouri Trip

Eastern Iowa Trip

South Central & Southeastern Iowa Trip

Springfield Illinois Trip

Desert Southwest Trip

Missouri/Arkansas/Tennessee/Kentucky Trip

National Park Service

The Natural Resources Defense Council works to protect wildlife and wild places and to ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth.  -



Outside (magazine) info:


Tim Cahill is founding editor of Outside magazine.

  For a brief bio and list of his should-read books :


John McPhee is a New Yorker staff writer

and author of twenty-seven should-read books.

  For a brief bio and list of his books:

"Mysterious Life of Caves"

Missouri's Official Dinosaur

Last Ice Age happened in less than year say scientists

Death-Defying El Camino del Rey

Easy Wind-Speed Calculation

The Old Farmer's Almanac

Mountain Lions Confirmed in Missouri!

Snake-bites: a growing, global threat

The Physical Science behind Climate Change

Why are climatologists so highly confident
that human activities
are dangerously warming Earth?

Dirty air triggers more heart attacks than cocaine

"Nature's Way"

Spiral Auroras

Awe-inspiring auroras:
The psychedelic majesty
of the Northern Lights
captured in the skies
over Aberdeen
(The Daily Mail - Feb. 25, 2011)

How One Nuclear Skirmish

Could Wreck the Planet

Wired Science - Feb. 25, 2011

WASHINGTON — Even a small nuclear exchange

could ignite mega-firestorms and wreck the planet’s atmosphere.

New climatological simulations show

100 Hiroshima-sized nuclear bombs

— relatively small warheads, compared to the arsenals military superpowers stow today —

detonated by neighboring countries

would destroy more than a quarter of the Earth’s ozone layer in about two years.

Regions closer to the poles

would see even more precipitous drops in the protective gas,

which absorbs harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

New York and Sydney, for example,

would see declines rivaling the perpetual hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica.

And it may take more than six years

for the ozone layer to reach half of its former levels.

Researchers described the results during a panel Feb. 18

at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science,

calling it “a real bummer” that such a localized nuclear war

could bring the modern world to its knees.

This is tremendously dangerous,”

said environmental scientist Alan Robock of Rutgers University,

one of the climate scientists presenting at the meeting.

The climate change would be unprecedented in human history,

and you can imagine the world … would just shut down.”


Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations

3-D Street Paintings

NASA’s Earth Observatory Image-of-the-Day Archive

MIT Professor Dan Nocera believes he can solve the world’s energy problems with an Olympic-sized pool of water. Nocera and his research team have identified a simple technique for powering the Earth inexpensively – by using the sun to split water and store energy - making the large-scale deployment of personalized solar energy possible. - (21+min. - video)  -   -  Is an international campaign that's building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis -- the solutions that science and justice demand.  The number 350 -- as in parts per million CO2 :  If we can't get below that, scientists say, the damage we're already seeing from global warming will continue and accelerate.

What does the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
have to do with Climate Change?

The Chamber
is controlled by
Big Polluters
poisons politics
with its dirty money

opposes every single effort
to curb climate pollution.

The Joplin ‘Spooklight

Japan tsunami earthquake

(11 min.
- YouTube video)

Top 10 Most Toxic Cities & Top 10 Fittest Cities in the US

Fire and Ice: Melting Glaciers Trigger Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanos - Geologists Say Global Warming Expected to Cause Many New Seismic Events  -  (2011 - By Larry West, Guide)  -  Climatologists have been raising alarms about global warming for years, and now geologists are getting into the act, warning that melting glaciers will lead to an increasing number of earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions in unexpected places.

People in northern climates who have been looking south and shaking their heads sadly over the plight of people living in the path of Atlantic hurricanes and Pacific tsunamis had better get ready for a few seismic events of their own, according to a growing number of prominent geologists.   -

The Insanity of Nuclear Power Plant Promotion

A radioactive hazard zone? Chernobyl's example


Most Vulnerable U.S. Nuclear Plants


Nuclear Nightmare

Nuclear power report: 14 'near misses' at US plants due to 'lax oversight' - (March 18, 2011 - By Mark Clayton, Staff writer -  The Christian Science Monitor)  -  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission failed to resolve known safety problems, leading to 14 'near-misses' in US nuclear power plants in 2009 and 2010, according to a new report from a nuclear watchdog group.  -

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

What It's Like Living in Our Nuclear Sacrifice Zone - (March 21, 2011 - The Phoenix Sun / By Valerie Brown - )  - 

The official focus on high short-term doses is deceptive. Emerging science suggests that low doses of radiation exposure can have numerous long-term effects, possibly passed from one generation to the next. And almost all the discussion about – and the scientific research on – radiation exposure focuses on cancers. There are certainly many cancers that radiation can induce in addition to thyroid cancer, from breast and prostate cancer to various leukemias. These cancers are thought to result from energetic particles striking DNA, breaking strands, and interfering with gene replication. Faulty genes lead to faulty cells, is the thinking. But there may also be epigenetic effects – that is, changes in the way normal genes are organized and allowed to function – and these may result in disorders other than cancer, such as thyroid diseases, autoimmune problems, and hormones gone haywire.

To make matters worse, how old you are when you’re exposed makes a big difference too. Prenatal insults including chemical and radiation exposure can create epigenetic patterns of gene expression that will stay with you forever, even if your actual genes are undamaged. And it can take 50 or more years for the timer set in the womb to trip the fuse and trigger a full-blown disease.

In a 2009 review article, Canadian researchers Carmel Mothersill and Colin Seymour of McMaster University nicely expressed the emerging state of knowledge about the effects of low-level radiation exposure:

Our understanding of the biological effects of low dose exposure has undergone a major paradigm shift….[W]e understand, at least in part, some of the mechanisms which drive low dose effects and which perpetuate these not only in the exposed organism but also in its progeny and in certain cases, its kin. This means that previously held views about safe doses or lack of harmful effects cannot be sustained.” 



Thanks to Fukushima,
Light Shed on
US Nuclear Facility
Located on a Volcano

(Tuesday 22 March 2011 -
By Russ Wellen - Truthout)

Turns out that at

. . . Los Alamos National Laboratory [LANL]

nuclear safety issues have been complicated with seismic concerns

as geological studies have uncovered

an increasingly precarious underground structure. . . .

in the late 1990s [faults were] found to run near

and even beneath some LANL nuclear facilities. . . .

A survey found a number of LANL buildings

to be at considerable risk of earthquake-induced collapse.

But this information

. . . was not immediately applied to building siting and design . . . .

"When they set up Los Alamos initially,

they didn't care about these things.

They were looking for an isolated site,"

said [Greg] Mello [of the Los Alamos Study Group],

who has studied seismic issues at the lab since 1996. . . .

"Since then, many people have questioned the wisdom

of putting a plutonium processing facility

and now a nuclear pit manufacturing facility

on the side of a volcano."

How Nuclear Power's "Peaceful Atom" Became a Serial Killer - The nuclear industry is a snake-oil culture of habitual misrepresentation, pervasive wishful thinking, deep denial, and occasional outright deception.  - (March 25, 2011 - By Chip Ward - Alternet)  -

Debut of the First Practical 'Artificial Leaf'  -  ScienceDaily (Mar. 28, 2011) — Scientists have claimed one of the milestones in the drive for sustainable energy -- development of the first practical artificial leaf. Speaking in Anaheim, California at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, they described an advanced solar cell the size of a poker card that mimics the process, called photosynthesis, that green plants use to convert sunlight and water into energy.

"A practical artificial leaf has been one of the Holy Grails of science for decades," said [MIT professor] Daniel Nocera, Ph.D., who led the research team. "We believe we have done it. The artificial leaf shows particular promise as an inexpensive source of electricity for homes of the poor in developing countries. Our goal is to make each home its own power station," he said. "One can envision villages in India and Africa not long from now purchasing an affordable basic power system based on this technology."

The device bears no resemblance to Mother Nature's counterparts on oaks, maples and other green plants, which scientists have used as the model for their efforts to develop this new genre of solar cells. About the shape of a poker card but thinner, the device is fashioned from silicon, electronics and catalysts, substances that accelerate chemical reactions that otherwise would not occur, or would run slowly. Placed in a single gallon of water in a bright sunlight, the device could produce enough electricity to supply a house in a developing country with electricity for a day, Nocera said. It does so by splitting water into its two components, hydrogen and oxygen.

The hydrogen and oxygen gases would be stored in a fuel cell, which uses those two materials to produce electricity, located either on top of the house or beside it.  -

Living St. Louis  Space Museum

(10-1/2 min. video)

First 5 min. covers the

Space Museum

in Bonne Terre, Missouri;

next 3 min. covers the

Planet Walk

in University City, MO;

last 2 min. covers the

St. Louis Forest Park


The Space Museum

116 School Street

Bonne Terre, Missouri

Weather Forecast via the Old Farmer’s Almanac

MASSIVE sand storm in Kuwait - March 27, 2011

(5-min. - YouTube audio/video)

The Bomb: A scary light show -  (10 min. - YouTube audio/video) - (March 30, 2011 - Graphic artist Isao Hashimoto depicts the startling number of nuclear bombs that have gone off between 1945 and 1998, from the early U.S. and Soviet tests to the activities of Pakistan's nuclear program. Each bomb emits a ping and a flash.  -

Koch-Funded Climate Skeptic's Own Data Confirms Warming

Mississippi River Tales Mural - (From Wikepedia):  The Mississippi River Tales is a mural containing 24 panels covering nearly 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2) of the 15-foot (4.6 m)-high downtown Floodwall in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. It illustrates the history of the area beginning with the Native Americans who inhabited the area between 900 and 1200. Each panel tells a story: Lorimier platting the city in 1793, the transfer of Upper Louisiana from France to the United States in 1804, Missouri gaining statehood in 1821, the coming of the railroad in 1880, the Big Freeze of 1918-19 and the completion of the Emerson Bridge, among many others. The paintings are in a style similar to that of painter Thomas Hart Benton. (Pamela Selbert, Chicago Tribune, November 18, 2007). The mural was painted by Chicago artist Thomas Melvin, in collaboration with several local artists, and was dedicated at a public ceremony on July 7, 2005.”  -


The Murals of Cuba, Missouri


Picturesque Mississippi River Town - Louisiana, MO


The National Motorcycle Museum - Anamosa, Iowa


Road Trip America


Road Trip America - Murals


Pickle Springs Natural Area

A National Natural Landmark

(Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri)


Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona - (photos)

History of the Oldsmobile

REO Transportation Museum

Lansing, Michigan

(8-1/2 min. YouTube audio/video)

A Survey of the World's Radioactive No-Go Zones

A look inside the Pantheon

(6-1/2 min. video/CNN)  -

Avalanche Cliff Jump
(2-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

America's Worst Nukes


America’s Nuclear Nightmare - The U.S. has 31 reactors just like Japan’s — but regulators are ignoring the risks and boosting industry profits - (April 27, 2011 - by Jeff Goodell - Rolling Stone Magazine)  -

Physicians for Social Responsibility

National Press Club Conference (4/26/11)

The ongoing impact of

the Chernobyl nuclear disaster

to public health

25 years after the accident,

the continuing nuclear catastrophe

in Fukushima, Japan,

and the lessons from both

for U.S. public health and safety.

(52-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

In Harm's Way, But in the Dark - (Sunday, August 8, 1999 - by Joby Warrick, Washington Post Staff Writer)  -   PADUCAH, Ky. – Thousands of uranium workers were unwittingly exposed to plutonium and other highly radioactive metals here at a federally owned plant where contamination spread through work areas, locker rooms and even cafeterias, a Washington Post investigation has found.

Unsuspecting workers inhaled plutonium-laced dust brought into the plant for 23 years as part of a flawed government experiment to recycle used nuclear reactor fuel at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, according to a review of court documents, plant records, and interviews with current and former workers. The government and its contractors did not inform workers about the hazards for decades, even as employees in the 1980s began to notice a string of cancers.

Radioactive contaminants from the plant spilled into ditches and eventually seeped into creeks, a state-owned wildlife area and private wells, documents show. Plant workers contend in sealed court documents that radioactive waste also was deliberately dumped into nearby fields, abandoned buildings and a landfill not licensed for hazardous waste.

The sprawling Kentucky plant on the Ohio River represents an unpublished chapter in the still-unfolding story of radioactive contamination and concealment in the chain of factories across the country that produced America's Cold War nuclear arsenal.  -

IRIS Seismic Monitor

Taineted uranium, danger widely distributed - (6-24-01 - by Peter Eisler - USA TODAY)  -  For years, state investigators wondered why radioactive technetium-99 was turning up in drinking water wells near the old Mallinckrodt Chemical uranium fuel-making plant in Hematite, Mo. Now they think they have an answer: The plant was one of several in and around St. Louis where Mallinckrodt and its successors used thousands of tons of recycled uranium to fabricate metallic fuel rods for nuclear reactors. "We believe the contamination we're now seeing at the site is related to the (recycling) program," says Ron Kucera of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Plans to clean up extensive pollution from uranium wastes at Hematite are snagged by questions over who is responsible for the technetium. That element requires special disposal because it has a half-life of 213,000 years and moves easily into soil and water. Technetium wasn't expected at Hematite because it is produced only when uranium is irradiated in a nuclear reactor — and Hematite had no reactor. "The Department of Energy has resisted efforts to become involved because even though they may have some liability, they don't want to pay anything," Kucera says. The Hematite facility was part of a nationwide network of private and federally owned plants and labs that produced fuel and other components for the nearly 70,000 U.S. nuclear weapons built before production was phased out in the early 1990s. Many of them used recycled uranium. The recycling began at the dawn of the Cold War. Officials in the weapons program were seeking ways to reuse the costly uranium that was irradiated in nuclear reactors to make plutonium and other fissile explosives for bomb cores.   -

No Such Thing as a Dormant Volcano? Magma Chambers Awake Sooner Than Thought   -  ScienceDaily (Mar. 6, 2011)  -  Until now it was thought that once a volcano's magma chamber had cooled down it remained dormant for centuries before it could be remobilized by fresh magma. A theoretical model developed by Alain Burgisser of the Orléans Institute of Earth Sciences (Institut des Sciences de la Terre d'Orléans -- CNRS/Universités d'Orléans et de Tours) together with a US researcher , was tested on two major eruptions and completely overturned this hypothesis: the reawakening of a chamber could take place in just a few months. This research should lead to a reassessment of the dangerousness of some dormant volcanoes. - It is published in the journal Nature dated 3 March 2011.  -

Is There a Toxic Mercury Hot Spot Near You? - (April 28, 2011 - Posted by Mary Anne Hitt - Alternet) - Live near St. Louis? The Labadie coal-fired power plant emits more than 1,400 lbs of mercury every year.  -

Encyclopedia of

American Coachbuilders

& Coachbuilding -

Over 1200

Auto Body Builders Represented

Absolutely incredible listing  of info links

(most, if not all, which included both

detailed historical text and photos)

of historic carriage, auto and truck builders

Where is all that

Fukushima radiation going,

and why does it matter?

Expert testimony by

Marco Kaltofen, PE,

of the Worcester Polytecnic Institute,

on the long-term hazards

of long-lasting,

airborne radioactive contaminates

to U.S. citizens.

(17-3/4 min. - audio/video)

Fracking Hell:

The Untold Story

(18 min. - YouTube audio/video)


Killer Chemtrails:

The Shocking Truth

(5 min. - YouTube audio/video)

The Universal Packing List

Generate a custom packing list

for any journey!



The Art & Science

of Travelling Light

Learn How To

Lighten Your Load


Har-Ber Village

History & Antiques Museum

just west of Grove, Oklahoma

on the shores of

Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees

Steep Snowmobile Ride
Goes Terribly Wrong

(5 min. - video)

The Bikenomics Series - (2011) - Bicycle transportation is good for a lot of things—it’s healthy, it’s green, it’s quiet, it’s fun, it builds community. It also makes financial sense, and the magnitude of bicycling’s economic impact gets far less attention than it deserves. In the Bikenomics series, Elly Blue explores the scope of that impact, from personal finance to local economies to the big picture of the national budget. In the grassroots and on a policy level, the bicycle is emerging as an effective engine of economic recovery.  -


How employers can encourage happy, healthy bike commuters

Renewable energy can power the world, says landmark IPCC study - UN's climate change science body says renewables supply, particularly solar power, can meet global demand - (May 9, 2011 - Fiona Harvey  - The Guardian/UK)  -

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Criticized for Industry Ties

Sunlight May Turn Jet Exhaust Into Toxic Particles - (May 11, 2011 - by Janet Raloff - Science News) - Airports can pose a far bigger threat to local air than previously recognized, thanks to the transformative power of sunlight.

In the first on-tarmac measurements of their kind, researchers have shown that oil droplets spewed by idling jet engines can turn into particles tiny enough to readily penetrate the lungs and brain.  -



The human cost of Soviet nuclear tests

The Link Between Deadly Weather and Global Warming Is Real -- and Conservatives Can't Just Wish It Away - (May 6, 2011 - by Paul Rosenberg - AlterNet) - Does extreme weather foretell the kind of climate that global warming is bringing us? Scientists say yes.   -

Human-Powered Vehicles Pedal For a Medal

The Botany of Desire

(1 hr. & 55min. - video -PBS)

This special takes viewers on
an eye-opening exploration of
the human relationship
with the plant world.

[Includes commentary/interview with
best-selling author, Michael Pollan.

Particularly highlights
, Marijuana, the Potato, and the Apple.]

Are Humans Reshaping the Earth?

Spaceship-like Car to Hit U.S. Roads

(3-1/4 min. video)

Billboards that target you in real time - (4-30-11 - by Caitlin Petre - The Filter Bubble) - We knew this day would come, if only because we saw Minority Report: A new NYC-based start-up, Immersive Labs, makes outdoor ads that scan your face as you approach and guess your age and gender. Combining this info with data about the weather and nearby social media activity, Immersive’s billboards then serve up the ad most likely to get your attention. They gauge success by measuring how long your eyes linger on the chosen ad. And the system gets smarter with each new passer-by.

While these ads raise obvious privacy concerns, Immersive Labs CEO Jason Sosa told the Huffington Post that they don’t save face-scans or collect any personally identifiable information. Still, one wonders how far companies like Immersive are going to take this. Right now, the ads just scan for age and gender, but might they one day add, say, race or body-mass index to that list? If they can pick up Foursquare and Twitter data, will they soon personalize ads based on data pulled from your mobile phone as you walk by?

Of course, targeted ads are nothing new — we’re used to seeing them pretty much all over the Internet. But Immersive’s ads raise the question: is there something about the very public nature of a billboard that sets it apart from other forms of targeting?

(Caitlin Petre is a PhD student in the Sociology Department at NYU, where she studies how the migration of news to the internet is changing journalistic ethics and practices. Caitlin's writing has appeared in Newsday, Newsweek and the Albuquerque Journal.)  -

Chemtrail Spray Operations

Captured on Doppler Radar

(7-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Comet Elenin spawned mass hysteria on the Internet

Clearing Out Without Cleaning Up: The US and Vieques Island - (May 21, 2011 - by Josue Melendez, Council on Hemispheric Affairs - Truthout) - Artillery shelling and weapons testing are not usually involved in assessments of environmental damage. However “[v]irtually every conventional and non-conventional weapon used by the U.S. between 1940 and 2003, has been used in Vieques.”5 These weapons containing chemicals and heavy metals have been found to be seriously detrimental to public health. For example, soldiers training on Vieques have reported firing depleted uranium shells, despite being a violation of federal law. Depleted uranium shells give off extremely toxic tiny radioactive particles once they begin to oxidize. These same particles can travel great distances, propelled by wind and water, and once ingested by humans, can expose the host to large doses of radiation.  -

Aerial Microbes Can Make Rain



The climate change threat to nuclear power

The Nature Principle - A Prescription for Adults

Chlorine and Childhood Cancer - ScienceDaily (May 25, 2011) — A significant positive association between the risk of childhood leukemia and levels of chlorine-containing chemicals in the atmosphere has been found by researchers in Portugal. Details are reported in the current issue of the International Journal of Environment and Health.  -

Giant Tornado Wiped Joplin, Missouri Off the Map: Before & After Images

US to store passenger data for 15 years - (May 25, 2011 - Alan Travis - The Guardian/UK) - The personal data of millions of passengers who fly between the US and Europe, including credit card details, phone numbers and home addresses, may be stored by the US department of homeland security for 15 years, according to a draft agreement between Washington and Brussels leaked to the Guardian.

The "restricted" draft, which emerged from negotiations between the US and EU, opens the way for passenger data provided to airlines on check-in to be analysed by US automated data-mining and profiling programmes in the name of fighting terrorism, crime and illegal migration. The Americans want to require airlines to supply passenger lists as near complete as possible 96 hours before takeoff, so names can be checked against terrorist and immigration watchlists.

The agreement acknowledges that there will be occasions when people are delayed or prevented from flying because they are wrongly identified as a threat, and gives them the right to petition for judicial review in the US federal court. It also outlines procedures in the event of anticipated data losses or other unauthorised disclosure. The text includes provisions under which "sensitive personal data" – such as ethnic origin, political opinions, and details of health or sex lifecan be used in exceptional circumstances where an individual's life could be imperilled.  -

Native Missouri Plants - Grow Native!

What Happens

To Nuclear Waste?

“Into Eternity

(Part 1 of 6)

(15 min. - YouTube audio/video)

(All 6 parts approx. total: 1 hr & 15 min.)

Global Warming Will Bring Violent Storms And Tornadoes, NASA Predicts - ScienceDaily (Aug. 31, 2007) — NASA scientists have developed a new climate model that indicates that the most violent severe storms and tornadoes may become more common as Earth's climate warms.   -

The Sky Really Is Falling

What in the World
Are They Spraying?

(1 hr. + 38 min. - YouTube audio/video)

KC-10 Spraying
In-flight proof: Close-up

(2-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Google Earth Anomalies

Release to Atmosphere 10 Times Faster Than in the Past, Geologists Find
- ScienceDaily (June 5, 2011) — The rate of release of carbon into the atmosphere today is nearly 10 times as fast as during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), 55.9 million years ago, the best analog we have for current global warming, according to an international team of geologists. Rate matters and this current rapid change may not allow sufficient time for the biological environment to adjust.  -

Simi Valley [California]

Nuclear Disaster

(8-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Air Quality Worsened by Paved Surfaces: Widespread Urban Development Alters Weather Patterns - ScienceDaily (June 7, 2011) — New research focusing on the Houston area suggests that widespread urban development alters weather patterns in a way that can make it easier for pollutants to accumulate during warm summer weather instead of being blown out to sea.

The international study, led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), could have implications for the air quality of fast-growing coastal cities in the United States and other midlatitude regions overseas. The reason: the proliferation of strip malls, subdivisions, and other paved areas may interfere with breezes needed to clear away smog and other pollution.  -


Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen Emphasizes Urgent Need For 50-mile Evacuation Safety Zones Around All Nuclear Facilities - (12-1/2 min. - video)  -

Space Shuttle


Space Station

Photographed Together

(June 8, 2011 - APOD/NASA)


After the page loads do this:  

(a) Left-click in the photo

and wait for the photo to reload

(b) Then use the +/- maginifier pointer

and left-click in the reloaded photo

for a dramatically enlarged

and sharply detailed image.  

-- Bike Bob]


Climate Change Poses Greater Risk to Tourism Than Terrorism Does, Experts Argue - ScienceDaily (June 7, 2011) — Climate change poses a greater risk to travellers and the tourism industry than the threat of terrorism. That is the conclusion of a study published in the current issue of the International Journal of Tourism Policy.  -

Anna Lappé
Water Sustainability

(1-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

A PR firm working for Dow Chemical
contacted author Anna Lappé
to submit a video for
The Future We Create: The Future of Water,
a web project about
water sustainability
sponsored by Dow Chemical.
This was the video that was rejected.

Hot Particles From Japan to Seattle Virtually Undetectable when Inhaled or Swallowed - (6-min. video - June 12, 2011 - by Fairewinds Associates)  -  Original estimates of xenon and krypton releases remain the same, but a TEPCO recalculation shows dramatic increases in the release of hot particles. This confirms the results of air filter monitoring by independent scientists. Fairewinds' Arnie Gundersen explains how hot particles may react in mammals while escaping traditional detection. Reports of a metallic taste in the mouth, such as those now being reported in Japan and on the west coast, are a telltale sign of radiation exposure.  -

Nebraska Nuclear Plant:

Emergency Level 4


About to Get Worse

(Arnie Gundersen)

(June 14, 2011)

(14-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

World's oceans in 'shocking' decline - (June 20, 2011 - The oceans are in a worse state than previously suspected, according to an expert panel of scientists.

In a new report, they warn that ocean life is "at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history".

They conclude that issues such as over-fishing, pollution and climate change are acting together in ways that have not previously been recognised.

The impacts, they say, are already affecting humanity.

The panel was convened by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO), and brought together experts from different disciplines, including coral reef ecologists, toxicologists, and fisheries scientists.

Its report will be formally released later this week.

"The findings are shocking," said Alex Rogers, IPSO's scientific director and professor of conservation biology at Oxford University.

"As we considered the cumulative effect of what humankind does to the oceans, the implications became far worse than we had individually realised.  -

Climate of Denial - Can science and the truth withstand the merchants of poison? - (June 22, 2011 - by Al Gore - Rolling Stone) - …the record droughts, fires, floods and mudslides continue to increase in severity and frequency. Leading climate scientists like Jim Hansen and Kevin Trenberth now say that events like these would almost certainly not be occurring without the influence of man-made global warming. ….

Many of the extreme and destructive events are the result of the rapid increase in the amount of heat energy from the sun that is trapped in the atmosphere, which is radically disrupting the planet's water cycle. More heat energy evaporates more water into the air, and the warmer air holds a lot more moisture. This has huge consequences that we now see all around the world.

When a storm unleashes a downpour of rain or snow, the precipitation does not originate just in the part of the sky directly above where it falls. Storms reach out — sometimes as far as 2,000 miles — to suck in water vapor from large areas of the sky, including the skies above oceans, where water vapor has increased by four percent in just the last 30 years. (Scientists often compare this phenomenon to what happens in a bathtub when you open the drain; the water rushing out comes from the whole tub, not just from the part of the tub directly above the drain. And when the tub is filled with more water, more goes down the drain. In the same way, when the warmer sky is filled with a lot more water vapor, there are bigger downpours when a storm cell opens the "drain.")

In many areas, these bigger downpours also mean longer periods between storms — at the same time that the extra heat in the air is also drying out the soil. That is part of the reason so many areas have been experiencing both record floods and deeper, longer-lasting droughts-

Spaceweather - News and Information about the Sun-Earth environment

St. Louis County

Ulysses S. Grant Museum

(8-1/4 min - YouTube audio/video)


St. Louis
Museum of Transportation

in Kirkwood, Missouri

(6-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Mastodon State Historic Site in Imperial, Missouri - In 1979, archaeological history was made at the site in when scientists excavated a stone spear point made by hunters of the Clovis culture (14,000 - 10,000 years ago) in direct association with mastodon bones. This was the first solid evidence of the coexistence of early humans and mastodons. - (7-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)  -

St. Louis Art Museum

(8 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Takeoffs and Landings Cause More Precipitation Near Airports



Plastic Found in Nine Percent of 'Garbage Patch' Fishes: Tens of Thousands of Tons of Debris Annually Ingested - ScienceDaily (June 30, 2011) — The first scientific results from an ambitious voyage led by a group of graduate students from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego offer a stark view of human pollution and its infiltration of an area of the ocean that has been labeled as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch."  -

Greenpeace takes on Monsanto over 'pesticides arms race' - (June 30, 2011 - by Tom Levitt - Ecologist) - Main ingredient of Monsanto's Roundup weed killer is being linked to cancer, birth defects and Parkinson's disease and should be banned, according to campaigners behind new report

The use of the popular weedkiller, 'Roundup', in public parks and on agricultural crops is a danger to public health, according to a new analysis of scientific evidence.

One of the main ingredients of Roundup, as well as several other herbicides, is a chemical known as glyphosate. A review of academic research, conducted by Greenpeace and the anti-GM campaign group GM Freeze, suggests exposure to it can cause cancer, hormonal imbalance, birth defects and neurological illnesses including Parkinson's.

The glyphosate within weedkiller can also be damaging to wildlife and rivers, when it spreads through the soil and into watercourses with run-off.

As the Ecologist reported recently, the pesticide industry and regulators have been accused of repeatedly misleading the public with claims that glyphosate is safe.

In reality, academic studies including one commissioned by one of the main manufacturers Monsanto, showed as long ago as the 1980s that glyphosate caused birth defects in laboratory animals.  -

Climate Change Could Turn Oxygen-Free Seas from Blessing to Curse for Zooplankton - ScienceDaily (July 1, 2011) — Tiny marine organisms called zooplankton can use specialized adaptations that allow them to hide from predators in areas of the ocean where oxygen levels are so low that almost nothing can survive, but they may run into trouble as these areas expand due to climate change.

oxygen minimum zones are predicted to expand into shallower waters as global warming continues, which will force the zooplankton into a narrow band of water during the night and making them susceptible to their main predators -- fish. If this causes a population crash in these animals, it will have impacts all the way up the food chain.  -

New Report Details Threats to America's National Parks



Warming Ocean Layers Will Undermine Polar Ice Sheets, Climate Models Show - ScienceDaily (July 3, 2011) — Warming of the ocean's subsurface layers will melt underwater portions of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets faster than previously thought, according to new University of Arizona-led research. Such melting would increase the sea level more than already projected.  -

Cling-FilmSolar Cells Could Lead to Advance in Renewable Energy - ScienceDaily (July 4, 2011) — A scientific advance in renewable energy which promises a revolution in the ease and cost of using solar cells, has been announced on July 4, 2011. A new study shows that even when using very simple and inexpensive manufacturing methods -- where flexible layers of material are deposited over large areas like cling-film -- efficient solar cell structures can be made.

The study, published in the journal Advanced Energy Materials, paves the way for new solar cell manufacturing techniques and the promise of developments in renewable solar energy. ….

Plastic (polymer) solar cells are much cheaper to produce than conventional silicon solar cells and have the potential to be produced in large quantities. The study showed that when complex mixtures of molecules in solution are spread onto a surface, like varnishing a table-top, the different molecules separate to the top and bottom of the layer in a way that maximises the efficiency of the resulting solar cell.

Dr Andrew Parnell of the University of Sheffield said, "Our results give important insights into how ultra-cheap solar energy panels for domestic and industrial use can be manufactured on a large scale. Rather than using complex and expensive fabrication methods to create a specific semiconductor nanostructure, high volume printing could be used to produce nano-scale (60 nano-meters) films of solar cells that are over a thousand times thinner than the width of a human hair. These films could then be used to make cost-effective, light and easily transportable plastic solar cell devices such as solar panels."  -

Atlas Obscura - A Compendium of the World’s Wonders, Curiosities and Esoterica

Climate Change Forces Early Spring - ScienceDaily (July 6, 2011) — Spring is hailed as the season of rebirth, but if it comes too early, it can threaten the plants it is meant to welcome.  A University of Alberta study shows that climate change over the past 70 years has pushed some of the province's native wildflowers and trees into earlier blooming times, making them more vulnerable to damaging frosts, and ultimately, threatening reproduction.  -

Chemtrails Hit Big Time

PYX 106 in AlbanyNY

(10-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Radioactive Container Truck
Spewing Gamma Rays
Into Traffic on I-270
in Saint Louis, Missouri

(1-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Radiation: A Slow Death. - (3 min. - YouTube audio/video) - This film documents the lives of these sufferers including Iraqi children irradiated by the use of depleted uranium ammunition during the Gulf War, American farmers living near the Hanford plutonium factory in Washington state, and survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Though separated by time and space, their common peril delivers a strong message to the contemporary world  -

Why Fukushima Can Happen Here: What the NRC and Nuclear Industry Don't Want You to Know - (52 min. - video) - (July 10, 2011 - by Fairewinds Associates) - The well-known safety flaws of Mark 1 Boiling Water Reactors have gained significant attention in the wake of the four reactor accidents at Fukushima, but a more insidious danger lurks. In this video nuclear engineers Arnie Gundersen and David Lochbaum discuss how the US regulators and regulatory process have left Americans unprotected. They walk, step-by-step, through the events of the Japanese meltdowns and consider how the knowledge gained from Fukushima applies to the nuclear industry worldwide. They discuss "points of vulnerability" in American plants, some of which have been unaddressed by the NRC for three decades. Finally, they concluded that an accident with the consequences of Fukushima could happen in the US.

With more radioactive Cesium in the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant's spent fuel pool than was released by Fukushima, Chernobyl, and all nuclear bomb testing combined, Gundersen and Lockbaum ask why there is not a single procedure in place to deal with a crisis in the fuel pool? These and more safety questions are discussed in this forum presented by the C-10 Foundation at the Boston Public Library.

Center for Biological Diversity

New Way to Store Sun's Heat - ScienceDaily (July 13, 2011) — A novel application of carbon nanotubes, developed by MIT researchers, shows promise as an innovative approach to storing solar energy for use whenever it's needed.  -

Bold New Approach to Wind 'Farm' Design May Provide Efficiency Gains - ScienceDaily (July 13, 2011) — Conventional wisdom suggests that because we're approaching the theoretical limit on individual wind turbine efficiency, wind energy is now a mature technology. But California Institute of Technology researchers revisited some of the fundamental assumptions that guided the wind industry for the past 30 years, and now believe that a new approach to wind farm design -- one that places wind turbines close together instead of far apart -- may provide significant efficiency gains.  -

Soil Microbes Accelerate Global Warming - ScienceDaily (July 13, 2011) — More carbon dioxide in the atmosphere causes soil to release the potent greenhouse gases methane and nitrous oxide, new research published in this week's edition of Nature reveals. "This feedback to our changing atmosphere means that nature is not as efficient in slowing global warming as we previously thought," said Dr Kees Jan van Groenigen, Research Fellow at the Botany department at the School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, and lead author of the study.  -

Diesel Fumes Pose Risk to Heart as Well as Lungs, Study Shows - ScienceDaily (July 14, 2011) — Tiny chemical particles emitted by diesel exhaust fumes could raise the risk of heart attacks, research has shown. Scientists have found that ultrafine particles produced when diesel burns are harmful to blood vessels and can increase the chances of blood clots forming in arteries, leading to a heart attack or stroke.  -

Float Trip

Dos and Don'ts:

Eating Raw Crawfish

(4-1/2 min. - video)

Double fault:

Nuclear safety at

Diablo Canyon

(17-3/4 min. - video)

(July 15, 2011 - Need To Know/PBS)

Fukushima-type disaster inevitable in U.S.? - (6-3/4 min. - video) - (July 19, 2011 - by Armen Keteyian - CBS News) -  Highlights a nuclear industry whistleblower  -


Dangerous Radioactive rain
in Lake Louise, BC
(1.66 mcSv/hr)

(8-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Radioactive Fallout in Saint Louis Missouri

(1-3/4-min. - YouTube audio/video)

360-Degree Spherical Panoramas In and Around Utah - Utah, in full surround 360-degree interactive panoramas. It's the next best thing to being there. Click on any preview to open a panorama, then click and drag in any direction, including up and down.  -

Panoramic Photos From Around The World

Panoramic Virtual Tour of Abandoned Michigan Station in Detroit

The Worst Diseases You Can Catch Underground - (July 20, 2011 - by Danielle Venton - Wired Science) - Like all sports that appeal to the extreme set, caving is risky. Beyond slips, falls and scrapes, spelunkers chance a host of rare, nasty diseases from cave critters, such as histoplasmosis, rabies, leptospirosis, and tick-borne relapsing fever.

Though most underground explorers understand the need for good ropes and headlamps, fewer think about the diseases they can catch beneath the surface, said Ricardo Pereira Igreja, a doctor and professor of infectious disease in Brazil.

“People all over the world now are exploring caves for the nature and ecology. For some it’s very spiritual,” said Igreja, of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. “I think that’s good, but it does come with some threat.”

For a casual tourist, like the 500,000 annual visitors to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, walking through a cave is essentially as safe as walking down the street. It is the sport cavers, those who crawl through muck and mud into little-explored crevices, that must protect themselves from things living on bats, rodents, ticks and other bugs, Igreja said.

Igreja surveys the classic and emerging cave-borne diseases in the June 10 Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. We’ve collected a gallery of the offending cave fauna, along with tips about how to keep sickness away next time you’re slithering among the stalagmites. Note: None of these diseases are exclusive to caves. Strange bugs can strike almost anywhere.  -

Pollutants Can Lurk and Hide

Sinkholes around the world

Tundra Fires Could Accelerate Climate Warming - ScienceDaily (July 27, 2011) — After a 10,000-year absence, wildfires have returned to the Arctic tundra, and a University of Florida study shows that their impact could extend far beyond the areas blackened by flames.

In a pine forest, fire would burn up leaf litter on the ground, but not the soil beneath. Because the Arctic tundra has a carbon-rich, peaty soil, however, the ground itself is combustible, and when the fire recedes, some of the soil is gone. In a double whammy, the vulnerable permafrost is not only more exposed, but also covered by blackened ground, which absorbs more of the sun's heat and could accelerate thawing.

"When the permafrost warms, microbes will begin to decompose that organic matter and could release even more carbon that's been stored in the permafrost for hundreds or thousands of years into the atmosphere," Mack said. "If that huge stock of carbon is released, it could increase atmospheric carbon dioxide drastically."  -

Google Earth
captures UFO
over South Africa

(1-1/2 min. - video)

First Measurements of Harmful Haloacetic Acids in Urine of Swimmers and Pool Workers - ScienceDaily (July 27, 2011) — The first scientific measurements in humans show that potentially harmful haloacetic acids (HAAs) appear in the urine of swimmers within 30 minutes after exposure to chlorinated water where HAAs form as a byproduct of that water disinfection method. Reported in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, the study found that HAAs also appeared in the urine of swimming pool workers.  -

Bat Conservation

Fukushima Radiation 1,000 Times H-Bomb Peak - (by Bob Nichols - Veterans Today) - (San Francisco) – Dr. Chris Busby, world famous physicist, said tests run at the respected Harwell Radiation Laboratory in England demonstrate the airborne radiation in Japan is 1,000 times higher than radioactive “fallout” at the peak in 1963 of H-Bomb detonations by the nuclear powers. The calculations were on radioactive Cesium 137.  -

Mississippi Diversions to Restore Storm-Protecting Wetlands Not Working

The Sustainable Seafood Myth

Oklahoma City’s

Fukushima Fallout

on Aug 6, 2011

(3-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

The Fastest Living Thing

on the Planet!

(5 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Antimatter belt around Earth discovered by Pamela craft - (August 7, 2011 - BBC News) - A thin band of antimatter particles called antiprotons enveloping the Earth has been spotted for the first time.  -

Ethanol-Loving Bacteria Accelerate Cracking of Pipeline Steels - ScienceDaily (Aug. 3, 2011) — U.S. production of ethanol for fuel has been rising quickly, topping 13 billion gallons in 2010. With the usual rail, truck and barge transport methods under potential strain, existing gas pipelines might be an efficient alternative for moving this renewable fuel around the country. But researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) caution that ethanol, and especially the bacteria sometimes found in it, can dramatically degrade pipelines.

At a conference this week,* NIST researchers presented new experimental evidence that bacteria that feed on ethanol and produce acid boosted fatigue crack growth rates by at least 25 times the levels occuring in air alone.

The NIST team used a new biofuels test facility to evaluate fatigue-related cracking in two common pipeline steels immersed in ethanol mixtures, including simulated fuel-grade ethanol and an ethanol-water solution containing common bacteria, Acetobacter aceti. Ethanol and bacteria are known to cause corrosion, but this is the first study of their effects on fatigue cracking of pipeline steels.  -

Pyramids of the World

Calving Glacier

Causes Panic

(42 sec. - YouTube audio/video)

Radiation Dose Chart

Australia's Great Barrier Reef 'at risk from pesticide'

We've Entered the Age of Mass Extinction: Goodbye Fish and a Whole Lot More - (August 8, 2011 - by Scott Thill - AlterNet) -  Paleontologist Peter Ward talks about the threats from global warming, rising population and our own plain stupidity.   -

Catherine Destivelle -
Amazing Solo Climb
In Mali

(9-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Human Pathogen Killing Corals in the Florida Keys - ScienceDaily (Aug. 17, 2011) — A research team from Rollins College in Florida and the University of Georgia has identified human sewage as the source of the coral-killing pathogen that causes white pox disease of Caribbean elkhorn coral. Once the most common coral in the Caribbean, elkhorn coral was listed for protection under the United States Endangered Species Act in 2006, largely due to white pox disease.  -

Poop And Paddle
(4 min. - YouTube audio/video)
(8-19-2001 - Science Friday/NPR)

Hartmann - this

the China Syndrome?

(8 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Popular U.S. Swimming Holes

State Symbols USA


178 X Background Radiation

in Saint Louis Missouri Rain


(1-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)



Nuclear Contamination

Spreads Worldwide

(11 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Fukushima (And Chernobyl) Now Radiating Everyone: 'Unspeakable' Reality 'Will Impact All Of Humanity' - (13 min. - YouTube audio/video) - Australia's CBS exposed the "unspeakable" realities of the Japanese catastrophe in its 60 Minutes program Sunday night during which leading nuclear scientist Dr. Michio Kaku said radiation from Fukushima will impact all of humanity. The nuclear energy power industry violation of the right to health is apparent throughout the new Australian report.

In fact the whole world will be exposed from the radiation from Fukushima," Dr. Kaku told CBS reporter Liz Hayes.  -

Most Beautiful National Parks Seen From Space

Global Warming May Cause Higher Loss of Biodiversity Than Previously Thought

Kansas Underground Salt Museum

Decade-Long Study Reveals Recurring Patterns of Viruses in the Open Ocean

Laser beams could be used to create rain - (Aug. 31, 2011 - by Nick Collins - The Telegraph/UK) - Firing laser beams into humid air could give scientists control over when and where rain falls, a new study claims.

Researchers from the University of Geneva used lasers to create water droplets in the air, in a development which could eventually lead to man-made weather systems.

Although the technique, known as laser-assisted water condensation, does not work in dry air scientists were able to generate the droplets in very humid conditions over the Rhône river in Switzerland.

The drops created – just thousandths of a millimetre across – were nowhere near heavy enough to fall as rain but the experts hope that by making them hundreds of times larger they will be able to create or prevent rainfall in the right conditions.

The method works by firing laser beams into the air, creating nitric acid particles which draw water molecules together and stop them from evaporating, according to a study in the Nature Communications journal.  -

12,000 Years Old Unexplained Structure - (8-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video) - Göbekli Tepe, is a hilltop sanctuary erected on the highest point of an elongated mountain ridge some 15 km northeast of the town of Şanlıurfa, in southeastern Turkey and 500 miles away from Istanbul, Turkey. It is the most astonishing archaeological discovery in modern times and also thought to be the oldest advanced civilization on Earth.  -

St. Louis


Sculpture Park

(6 min. - YouTube audio/video)

(“Living St. Louis” - KETC9/PBS)




St. Louis County

Laumeier Sculpture Park

(5-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Features live B.B. King

Blues musical intro

(“Living St. Louis” - KETC9/PBS)




St. Louis

Automobile History

(10 min. - YouTube audio/video)

(“Living St. Louis” - KETC9/PBS)

Dirty Jobs

Mike Rowe,

Kristin Stanford,

The Island Snake Lady

(9 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Fukushima Radiation

in our Food!

(10-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Sun Glasses Improve Vision in Driving Rain - To help improve your vision during rainstorms put on your sun glasses. Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield is still bad......   In the event you face such a situation, just try your SUN GLASSES (any model will do), and miracle! All of a sudden, your visibility in front of your windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no rain. You can see where the rain bounces off the road. It works to eliminate the "blindness" from passing semi's spraying you too.  -

True risk is unknown” from Earthquakes to U.S. Nuclear Plants!

Invisible Universe
(3 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Warming seas could smother seafood



Bollinger County Natural History Museum - Home of the Missouri Dinosaur




The Murals of Chillicothe, Missouri




Patee House Museum - St. Joseph, Missouri




Glore Psychiatric Museum - St. Joseph, Missouri

Crop Circles: The Hidden Truth - (Trailer) - (4 min. - YouTube audio/video) - (w/additional 6-parts Total time: 60 min.) - Richard D. Hall's no nonsense expose of the facts behind the modern day crop circle phenomenon cuts through the pseudo science, the rumours and the disinformation leaving the viewer with a clear picture of the true situation. The film features the most objective British crop circle researchers in the business: David Cayton, Robert Hulse and Roy Dutton. Until now, their work has been kept largely out of the public eye, and is unleashed in this extremely telling and poignant documentary which leaves no stone unturned. The evidence presented will leave you in no doubt that there are two entirely exclusive instigators of the modern day crop circle phenomenon, one of which is non human. The results are chilling and could change your view of the way you see the world's media organisations and the powers that control them.  -

Incredible Ancient
Underground City
Derinkuyu, Turkey

(10-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Seagulls: Pooping Resistant Bacteria on Your Beach - (Sept. 17, 2011 - by Maryn McKenna - Wired) - Resistance factors — the mutations that allows bacteria to defend themselves against the attack of antibiotics — spread around the world in unpredictable patterns with remarkable speed. How do they do that?

A team of researchers suggested Saturday that seagulls might be to blame.  -

What The Gender-Bending Hell Is Going On In Missouri!?! - (Update: Sept. 18, 2011 - Zoo will study connections between animal, human health - St. Louis Post-Dispatch)


Sperm and salamanders: A troubling connection - (Feb. 3, 2008 - by Jeffrey Bonner - ST. LOUIS ZOO)



If you're a young man — say a twentysomething — or you know a young man in that age range, it's a pretty safe bet that he's half the man his grandfather was. That's about how much sperm counts have fallen in industrialized nations over the last 50 years.

When the first definitive study of declining sperm counts was published in the British Medical Journal in 1992, it caused quite a furor. Studies since then have shown that sperm counts are continuing their steady decline, though not at the same rate everywhere. In Minneapolis, for example, the sperm counts are dropping fairly slowly.

But in rural Missouri, they're going down more rapidly.

I find this a little scary. I'm not just worried for my son, a twentysomething who lives in rural Missouri, but also for me. Sperm counts aren't falling because guys are wearing underwear that's too tight or spending too much time in the hot tub, although those two things certainly can cause sperm counts to drop. I'm worried because industrialized nations all over the world are experiencing something that is causing a clear deterioration in our overall health.

The declining sperm counts are just a symptom of a much bigger problem — a problem that affects us if we are male or female, young or old.

In 2003, the authors of a study of Missouri men found a strong link between trace amounts of herbicides in the men's urine and the quality of their semen. The authors concluded that men were exposed to the herbicides through public drinking water.  -



Active Auroral

Research Program]

Chilling Information

You Really Need

To See!

(7 min. - YouTube audio/video)

What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth? - (1 min. - YouTube video) - A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earth’s ionosphere (thin yellow line) and the stars of our galaxy.  -

Nanoparticles Cause Brain Injury in Fish - ScienceDaily (Sep. 18, 2011) — Scientists at the University of Plymouth have shown, for the first time in an animal, that nanoparticles have a detrimental effect on the brain and other parts of the central nervous system.

They subjected rainbow trout to titanium oxide nanoparticles which are widely used as a whitening agent in many products including paints, some personal care products, and with applications being considered for the food industry. They found that the particles caused vacuoles (holes) to form in parts of the brain and for nerve cells in the brain to die. Although some effects of nanoparticles have been shown previously in cell cultures and other in vitro systems this is the first time it has been confirmed in a live vertebrate.

The results will be presented at the "6th International meeting on the Environmental Effects on Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials" (21st -- 23rd September) at the Royal Society in London.  -

Infinity Imagined: Amazing Hi-Res Photos Of The Earth & The Universe

LG Optimus
Hyper Facade
in Berlin

(7-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Loss of 'Lake Lawnmowers' Leads to Algae Blooms - ScienceDaily (Sep. 28, 2011) — Unprecedented algae growth in some lakes could be linked to the decline of water calcium levels and the subsequent loss of an important algae-grazing organism that helps keep blooms at bay.

Daphnia -- also known as water fleas -- act like microscopic lawnmowers in lakes, feeding on algae and keeping it in check. However, without sufficient calcium, these water fleas cannot reproduce.

"When water calcium levels get low and Daphnia populations decrease in any lake, algal growth goes unchecked and blooms can occur," says lead author and biology doctoral student Jennifer Korosi. "Losing an important grazer like these water fleas has a domino effect that leads to other water quality problems."

Declining calcium concentrations in some lakes, which is linked to acid deposition and logging, has only recently been identified as a serious environmental problem in North America and Europe.  -

Totally Psyched For The Full-Rip Nine - (August 25, 2011 - by Bruce Barcott - Outside Magazine) - Monster earthquakes are going off all around the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire. Is the West Coast of North America next?  [Answer:]  Yes  -

The Original Motorcycle Dog
(3-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

'Hairy crazy ants' invade from Florida to Texas - Fast-moving species is on the march across the American Southeast - (2011 - By Janet McConnaughey -AP - MSNBC)

New York’s
Park In The Sky

(Oct. 7, 2011 - video - BBC News)

Optics Picture of the Day - Archive

Rivers of ice: Vanishing glaciers - (Oct. 10, 2011 - David Breashears - BBC News) - Stunning images from high in the Himalayas - showing the extent by which many glaciers have shrunk in the past 80 years or so  -

Severe Drought, Other Changes Can Cause Permanent Ecosystem Disruption - ScienceDaily (Oct. 13, 2011) — An eight-year study has concluded that increasingly frequent and severe drought, dropping water tables and dried-up springs have pushed some aquatic desert ecosystems into "catastrophic regime change," from which many species will not recover.

The findings, just published in the journal Freshwater Biology, raise concerns that climate change, over-pumping of aquifers for urban water use, and land management may permanently affect which species can survive.

"Populations that have persisted for hundreds or thousands of years are now dying out," said David Lytle, an associate professor of zoology at Oregon State University. "Springs that used to be permanent are drying up. Streams that used to be perennial are now intermittent. And species that used to rise and fall in their populations are now disappearing."  -




Polar Bears Ill from Accumulated Environmental Toxins - ScienceDaily (Oct. 13, 2011) — Industrial chemicals are being transported from the industrialized world to the Arctic via air and sea currents. Here, the cocktail of environmental toxins is absorbed by the sea's food chains, of which the polar bear is the top predator.  -

Hemp Car


In Canada

(2-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)




Energy Efficient Homes

Made From Hemp

in Ashville, NC

(2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

It’s a Really

BIG Universe!

(2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

2.76 mR/hr
Fukushima Rainfall
 in Saint Louis, Missouri
on 10/17/11

(6-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

TopoQuest - Your ultimate resource for USGS topographic map viewing, and free downloads of USGS DRG (GeoTIFF) digital map files.  If you're into hiking, camping, fishing, prospecting or just a GIS enthusiast, TopoQuest has the USGS topographic maps you need available for online viewing.  -

Home Washing Machines: Source of Potentially Harmful Ocean 'Microplastic' Pollution - ScienceDaily (Oct. 20, 2011) — Scientists are reporting that household washing machines seem to be a major source of so-called "microplastic" pollution -- bits of polyester and acrylic smaller than the head of a pin -- that they now have detected on ocean shorelines worldwide.

Their report describing this potentially harmful material appears in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Mark Browne and colleagues explain that the accumulation of microplastic debris in marine environments has raised health and safety concerns.

The bits of plastic contain potentially harmful ingredients which go into the bodies of animals and could be transferred to people who consume fish. Ingested microplastic can transfer and persist into their cells for months.  -

Dr. Helen Caldicott on Fukushima and the Perils of Nuclear Power - (13-3/4 min. - video)  -

Give It Up for the Sun King: MIT's Daniel Nocera has a recipe for taking solar power mainstream. It all starts with a tall glass of water - (Jan. 15, 2009 - by Elizabeth Hightower - Outside magazine)  -

Extreme Melting On Greenland Ice Sheet, Team Reports; Glacial Melt Cycle Could Become Self-Amplifying - ScienceDaily (Oct. 25, 2011) — The Greenland ice sheet can experience extreme melting even when temperatures don't hit record highs, according to a new analysis by Dr. Marco Tedesco, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at The City College of New York. His findings suggest that glaciers could undergo a self-amplifying cycle of melting and warming that would be difficult to halt. -

Life of Flowers
(2-1/2 min. - video)

The War Against Climate Science Unravels - (by Kelly RiggFor those who have ever put the skeptic arguments to the test, it has always been clear that their criticisms rarely stand up to even the most basic level of academic rigor. But last week's release of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) study delivered a decisive blow to the edifice of climate skepticism.

The key skeptic pillar, summarized by arch skeptic Anthony Watts, has always been this: "How do we know if global warming is a problem if we can't trust the temperature record?"

His 2009 study of US weather monitoring stations argued that many were located in areas where temperatures were likely to be higher than in surrounding areas, suggesting that estimates of warming were exaggerated. So the BEST study, partly funded by the climate denial industry, was undoubtedly meant to corroborate Watt's fundamental tenet.

Instead, the BEST study confirmed quite the opposite -- that rapid warming trends found by previous studies of climate change are in fact correct.  -

21°31'03.97" S 41°56'31.80" W  -  MARS TRACK SYSTEM & WATER - Report #208 - (October 2, 2011 - by Joseph P. Skipper - Mars Anomaly Research) - [IMPORTANT NOTEYou can see the "track system" on Mars directly for yourself via a copy-&-paste of the initial coordinates into the Google Mars search bar; then zoom in farther down to the surface of Mars to see the evidence for yourself.  The straight-as-an-arrow tracks extend for a distance of 60 miles on the surface of Mars; each dual-set of tracks are are one-half mile apart from the next set!  Whoever -- OR, whatever -- made those tracks is uknownHOWEVER, they are DEFINITELY NOT the result of a natural geologic process! --- To use Google Mars...simply click on the Saturn-like icon in the top toolbar in Google Earth and then choose the "Mars" option from the resulting drop-down list.  -- Bike Bob-

Nature v.s. Man-Made Pollution: No Contest! - The world's volcanoes spew about 200 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each yearan amount that human activities produce in less than three days.  -

This Much Mercury . . .  How the coal industry poisoned your tuna sandwich - (Nov/Dec, 2011 - By Dashka Slater - Sierra magazine)

While there is always going to be some mercury in the environment—it occurs naturally in the earth's crust and can be released into the air during forest fires or volcanic eruptions—70 percent of what we're exposed to comes from human activities, and most of that comes from burning coal.

U.S. coal-fired power plants pump more than 48 tons of mercury into the air each year. The Martin Lake Power Plant in Tatum, Texas, spews 2,660 pounds per annum all on its own (it burns lignite, a particularly mercury-heavy form of coal). Compared with the vast amounts of mercury churning out of Asia, the U.S. contribution is fairly small—about 3 percent of the global total. Roughly a third of our emissions settles within our borders, poisoning lakes and waterways. The rest cycles through the atmosphere, with much of it eventually winding up in the world's oceans.

…. But when inorganic mercury creeps into aquatic sediments and marshes (as well as mid-depths of oceans), bacteria convert it into methylmercury, an organic form that not only is easily assimilated but also accumulates in living tissue as it moves up the food chain: The bigger and older the fish, the more mercury in its meat. It takes only a tiny amount to do serious damage: One-seventieth of a teaspoon can pollute a 20-acre lake to the point where its fish are unsafe to eat. Thousands of tons a year settle in the world's oceans, where they bioaccumulate in carnivorous fish. Forty percent of human mercury exposure comes from a single source—Pacific tuna.

"Ninety-five to 100 percent of the methylmercury that we acquire in our bodies comes from the consumption of seafood," explains Stony Brook University professor Nicholas Fisher, director of the Consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Research, which oversees the (newly endowed) Gelfond Fund for Mercury Research and Education. (Seafood, in this case, includes fish from lakes and rivers.) When EPA researchers tested predatory and bottom-dwelling fish at 500 U.S. lakes and reservoirs in 2009, they found mercury in each and every one; close to half of the fish had levels so high they were unsafe to eat. Another 2009 study, by the U.S. Geological Survey, found mercury-contaminated fish in each of the 291 streams and rivers tested. Mercury pollution causes U.S. waters to be closed to fishing more often than does any other source of contamination.  -

Nuclear Disaster in the US: How Bechtel Is Botching the World's Costliest Environmental Cleanup - (October 21, 2011 - by Joshua Frank  - Seattle Weekly ) - Department of Energy scientists are alleging catastrophic mismanagement of massive cleanup efforts at Hanford, the former nuclear weapons outpost. -

Starlings Flock in motion
 Beautiful dance in the sky

(6 min. - YouTube video)

Increased Use of Bikes for Commuting Offers Economic, Health Benefits - ScienceDaily (Nov. 2, 2011) — Cutting out short auto trips and replacing them with mass transit and active transport would yield major health benefits, according to a study just published in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

The biggest health benefit was due to replacing half of the short trips with bicycle trips during the warmest six months of the year, saving about $3.8 billion per year from avoided mortality and reduced health care costs for conditions like obesity and heart disease.

The report calculated that these measures would save an estimated $7 billion, including 1,100 lives each year from improved air quality and increased physical fitness.

Moving five-mile round trips from cars to bikes is a win-win situation that is often ignored in discussions of transportation alternatives, says Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "We talk about the cost of changing energy systems, the cost of alternative fuels, but we seldom talk about this kind of benefit," he says.  -

Amusement Park Ride From the Future

Why the Most Important Fish We Need to Save Is One You've Never Heard Of  - (November 6, 2011 - by Jill Richardson - AlterNet) - You don't hear about menhaden because they don't show up in fish markets or on dinner menus, but they're in everything.  -

Drivelapse USA
Roadtrip Timelapse
Around America

(5-1/4 min. YouTube audio/video)

Natural History Museum Vienna

(6-1/2 min. YouTube audio/video)




Incredibly Beautiful Caves
(13-1/2 min. YouTube audio/video)

Rising Air Pollution Worsens Drought, Flooding, New Study Finds - ScienceDaily (Nov. 13, 2011) — Increases in air pollution and other particulate matter in the atmosphere can strongly affect cloud development in ways that reduce precipitation in dry regions or seasons, while increasing rain, snowfall and the intensity of severe storms in wet regions or seasons, says a new study by a University of Maryland-led team of researchers.  -

Even the Cleanest Wastewater Contributes to More 'Super Bacteria'  - ScienceDaily (Nov. 14, 2011) — A new University of Minnesota study reveals that treated municipal wastewater -- even wastewater treated by the highest-quality treatment technology -- can result in significant quantities of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, often referred to as "superbacteria," in surface waters.  -

Nanoparticles Used as Additives in Diesel Fuels Can Travel from Lungs to Liver - ScienceDaily (Nov. 17, 2011) — Recent studies conducted at Marshall University have demonstrated that nanoparticles of cerium oxide -- common diesel fuel additives used to increase the fuel efficiency of automobile engines -- can travel from the lungs to the liver and that this process is associated with liver damage.

The data in the study by Dr. Eric R. Blough and his colleagues at Marshall's Center for Diagnostic Nanosystems indicate there is a dose-dependent increase in the concentration of cerium in the liver of animals that had been exposed to the nanoparticles, which are only about 1/40,000 times as large as the width of a human hair. These increases in cerium were associated with elevations of liver enzymes in the blood and histological evidence consistent with liver damage. The research was published in the October 13 issue of the peer-reviewed research journal International Journal of Nanomedicine.  -

Time Lapse

from Space


(5 min. - video)

Octopus Walks on Land!

World's Most Dangerous

Roller Coaster

(4 min. - YouTube video)

The NOAA Photo Library - Captures the work, observations, and studies that are carried on by the scientists, engineers, commissioned officers, and administrative personnel that make up this complex and scientifically diverse agency. It also has been built in an attempt to capture NOAA's scientific heritage, which is in fact a heritage shared by much of the physical and environmental science communities in the United States today. To date, over 32,000 images have been digitized and reside in the online NOAA Photo Library. This number will continue growing as long as there are environmental problems to study and solve, as long as the citizens of the United States are threatened by violent weather, as long as mariners need nautical charts, and as long as creatures of the sea need our protection to survive. Until then, you are invited to join NOAA in this photographic essay that spans the World's oceans and atmosphere, carries you from the surface of the sun to the bottom of the sea, and travels through centuries of scientific thought and observations.  -

'Jetman' soars over Alps
(2-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Medical Marijuana Laws Reduce Traffic Deaths, Preliminary Research Suggests - ScienceDaily (Nov. 29, 2011) — A groundbreaking new study shows that laws legalizing medical marijuana have resulted in a nearly nine percent drop in traffic deaths and a five percent reduction in beer sales.

"Our research suggests that the legalization of medical marijuana reduces traffic fatalities through reducing alcohol consumption by young adults," said Daniel Rees, professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver who co-authored the study with D. Mark Anderson, assistant professor of economics at Montana State University.

The researchers collected data from a variety of sources including the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and the Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

The study is the first to examine the relationship between the legalization of medical marijuana and traffic deaths.

"We were astounded by how little is known about the effects of legalizing medical marijuana," Rees said. "We looked into traffic fatalities because there is good data, and the data allow us to test whether alcohol was a factor." -

Wind Walkers - Animaris Gubernare - (1 min. - YouTube audio/video) - Theo Jansen is an artist, kinetic sculptor, and eccentric. For over twenty years he has been creating wind-propelled beachanimals that roam the beaches of his native Holland. In this time his creations have evolved to such an extent that some are able to detect obstacles and change course, while others can anchor themselves when they sense a storm approaching. The most sophisticated and intricate of these creatures even have “stomachs” that can store air under pressure and use it to propel themselves in the absence of wind. According to his website, Theo eventually wants to ‘put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.’  -

Theo Jansen's

(2-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

More Boxcars Mean Cleaner Air - ScienceDaily (Dec. 8, 2011) — Shifting a fraction of truck-borne freight onto trains would have an outsized impact on air quality in the Midwest, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Much of that impact boils down to simple efficiency, according to Erica Bickford, a graduate student in UW-Madison's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. For each ton they carry, long-distance trucks go about 150 miles on a gallon of diesel fuel. Trains can move a ton more than 400 miles per gallon.

Shifting from road to rail 500 million tons of the freight passing through or to the Midwest would make a large dent in the carbon dioxide spilled into the air by the movement of goods.  -

The Bed Bug Registry - A free, public database of user-submitted bed bug reports from across the United States and Canada. Founded in 2006, the site has collected about 20,000 reports covering 12,000 locations.

The Bed Bug Registry exists to give travelers and renters a reliable and neutral platform for reporting their encounters with bed bugs. Though most Americans have still never come across one, these retro pests are spreading extremely quickly across American and Canadian cities.

Bed bugs are easy to transport in luggage and very hard to get rid of. For this reason they have become an especial nuisance for hotels, dorms, hospitals, movie theaters, libraries, and other public spaces. You can't tell whether a building or hotel room has them based on cleanliness - the bugs can thrive anywhere there are cracks and crevices to hide in.

Until a reliable, safe pesticide becomes available, avoiding bed bug encounters will be the only reliable way to ensure they don't spread into your own home.  -

Drive-in cinemas: Will they survive the digital age?




Fukushima - Could it Have a China Syndrome? - (12-1/4 min. - video) - (December 12, 2011 - by Arnie Gundersen - Fairewinds Associates) - Fairewinds' chief [nuclear] engineer Arnie Gundersen discusses whether the accidents at Fukushima were a meltdown, a melt-through, or a China Syndrome. Whatever the accidents are named, thousands of tons of water contaminated with plutonium, uranium, and other very toxic radioactive isotopes are flooding the site, the surrounding water table, and the ocean. --- [AND, will continue to do so for at least 30 more years!]  -

'Fountains' of methane 1,000m across erupt from Arctic ice - a greenhouse gas 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide - (December 2011 - Daily Mail/UK) - Could cause rapid climate change -

Does Airport Security Really Make Us Safer? - (December 20, 2011 - By  Charles C. Mann -  Vanity Fair) - As you stand in endless lines this holiday season, here’s a comforting thought: all those security measures accomplish nothing, at enormous cost. That’s the conclusion of Charles C. Mann, who put the T.S.A. to the test with the help of one of America’s top security experts.  -



Building Bridges From Plastic Shampoo Bottles - (10-1/2 min. - audio) - (December 23rd, 2011 - Science Friday/NPR) - Discarded plastic shampoo and juice bottles are finding new life in unlikely places--as bridges, railroad ties and pilings. Jim Kerstein, CTO and founder of Axion International, talks about how his company transforms plastic waste into structures strong enough to support trucks, trains and tanks.  -

Biologists Find 'Surprising' Number of Unknown Viruses in Sewage - ScienceDaily (Oct. 5, 2011) — Though viruses are the most abundant life form on Earth, our knowledge of the viral universe is limited to a tiny fraction of the viruses that likely exist. In a paper published in the online journal mBio, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Barcelona found that raw sewage is home to thousands of novel, undiscovered viruses, some of which could relate to human health.  -




The Dust Library - (January 3, 2012 - by Kate Douglas - New Scientist) - So what can this unusual library tell us? First, there is the simple parts list. The most common component was organic material, present in 40 of the 63 particles - exactly what is unclear, but it could be anything from pollen to sloughed-off bits of researcher. Quartz, found in 34 particles, came next, followed by carbonates (17 particles) and gypsum (14). "The minerals blow in," says Coe. "They come from all over the world." Other ingredients included air pollutants and fertiliser chemicals.

Anyone counting will also have noticed that there are already more components than particles. That is because most specks of dust are conglomerates, which means they may take an infinite variety of forms, much like snowflakes.  -

Polar challenge: How do you cycle to the South Pole? - (January 3, 2012 - An expedition is attempting to be the first to use a bike to reach the South Pole. It will mean tackling some of the most extreme conditions on the planet. So how can a bike manage it?  -


End of the Rail and Start of the Mail

The first trip of the Butterfield Overland Mail originated in Tipton [Missouri] on September 16, 1858, from what is now the corner of Moniteau Street and Osage Avenue in downtown Tipton, Missouri. In early 1857, the Post Office Department had put up for bids a contract which called for an overland mail route to California which would not exceed a time of 25 days and would run twice a week. John Butterfield was awarded the contract for $600,000. By September, 1858, he had 250 coaches, 1,800 of the best horses and mules, and 1,200 skilled superintendents, road bosses, drivers, guards, conductors, keepers, blacksmiths, harness makers, hostlers and clerks. Each driver had a 60-mile route, and armed conductors had 120-mile routes. The conductors had absolute charge of passengers and mail, and guarded them with their lives. Passenger fare from St. Louis to San Francisco was $200, and 15 cents a mile for shorter distances. The last trip from Tipton was made on March 21, 1861. Attacks by Indians forced the closing of the Gila Trail. Other trails were now in operation and the railroad lines had been extended beyond Tipton. A roadside marker commemorates Tipton as the first eastern stagecoach terminus of the Butterfield Overland Mail. It is located on Highway 50 west of the intersection of Highways 5 and 50. -

The lost city of Cahokia: Archaeologists uncover Native Americans' sprawling metropolis under St. Louis - [with photos] - (January 4, 2012 - by Daily Mail Reporter - Daily Mail/UK) -

Boost Your Bike - (3 min. - video - Science Friday/NPR) - Maxwell von Stein, a 22-year-old graduate of The Cooper Union, built bicycle that uses a flywheel to store energy. Instead of braking, Max can transfer energy from the wheel to the flywheel, which spins between the crossbars. The flywheel stores the kinetic energy until Max wants a boost, then he can transfer the energy back to the wheel using a shifter on the handlebars.  -

London fireworks
New Year's Day 2012

(11-1/2 min. - video)

Maglev Train
(8-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Great Rivers Greenway works to make the area bicycle friendly  - (January 5, 2012 - by Ryan Schuessler -  St. Louis Beacon) -   ---  [NOTE:  The following is one of the online response posts to this article; the response is right on target!!!  -- Bike Bob]:

Nick Kasoff 2012-01-05 13:06

I'm a frequent cyclist who uses my bicycle to go places and do things. I ride to clients, to the grocery store, to the bank - wherever. And I really hate what Trailnet & Company are doing, because it makes me less welcome on the very roads I'm using today. Across the region, they push bike lanes, which you might as well call bike ghettos. And they advocate sharrows, which are almost always put right at the edge of traffic lanes, where it is dangerous to ride.

State law already provides me with a very useful network of bike lanes: The lanes in which the rest of you drive your cars also serve me quite well. I use them safely and comfortably, and with the exception of an occasional hostile or inattentive motorist, without incident. Pushing me onto bike lanes, a "separate and unequal" place, is a big step in the wrong direction.

Cold Winters Caused by Warmer Summers, Research Suggests - ScienceDaily (Jan. 12, 2012) — Scientists have offered up a convincing explanation for the harsh winters recently experienced in the Northern Hemisphere; increasing temperatures and melting ice in the Arctic regions creating more snowfall in the autumn months at lower latitudes.  -

The Rights and Duties of Cyclists - Bicycle Safety - (4-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video) - League of American Bicyclists certified traffic cycling instructors demonstrate the rights and duties of cyclists in the United States. The video shows cyclists acting as drivers of vehicles making normal vehicular maneuvers including lane control, lane sharing, left and right turns, through movements and a freeway ramp crossing. This video is intended to show cyclists and motorists how it looks when cyclists act and are treated as vehicle drivers in normal urban traffic.  -

New Tool Reveals Country's Most Polluted Places: How Close Do You Live? - (January 16, 2012 - by Scott Thill - AlterNet) - Thanks to a new tool from the EPA, you can see how close you live to the country's biggest polluters.   -

When the Levee Breaks: U.S. Flood Protection Inadequate - (January 18, 2012  - by Evan Lehmann - Scientific American) - Nearly 70 percent of the roughly 30,000 miles of levees in the U.S. are not trusted by government flood officials to hold back flood waters  -

Global Warming & Climate Change Myths: Skeptic Arguments and What The Science Says -

Time-lapse Proof:

Extreme Ice Loss

(19 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Weird Bikes
(2-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

It takes
a lot of work
to fly
this badly

(6-3/4 min. - video)

Bizarre Underwater

"Icicle of Death"

Filmed in Antarctica

(1-3/4 min. - video)


Helicopter Flying

(5-1/2 min. - video)




1980s-era Video
With Commentary
 By Astronauts
Of Various Missions

(3-3/4 min. - video)

The Hogback

High Way

(1-1/2 min. - video)

What An Astronaut
Sees From Space

(with commentary)

(7 min. - video)

Cockpit View:
C-130J "Super" Hercules

Paris Air Show 2011
(6-1/2 min. - video)

Baltic Sea



(4-1/2 min. video)

(Jan. 27, 2012 - CNN)

New Water-Repelling Surfaces Avoid the Deadly Perils of Icing - (35 sec. - video) - (Jan. 26, 2012 - - Scientific American) - A nanostructure inspired by the natural world repels water droplets and could prevent icing on airplane wings and other structures  -

Drive-by Scanning: Officials Expand Use and Dose of Radiation for Security Screening - (Jan. 27, 2012 - by Michael Grabell - ProPublica) - U.S. law enforcement agencies are exposing people to radiation in more settings and in increasing doses to screen for explosives, weapons and drugs. In addition to the controversial airport body scanners, which are now deployed for routine screening, various X-ray devices have proliferated at the border, in prisons and on the streets of New York.

Not only have the machines become more widespread, but some of them expose people to higher doses of radiation. And agencies have pushed the boundaries of acceptable use by X-raying people covertly, according to government documents and interviews.

While airport scanners can show objects on the surface of the body, prisons have begun to use X-rays that can see through the body to detect contraband hidden in cavities. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is in the process of deploying dozens of drive-through X-ray portals to scan cars and buses at the border with their passengers still inside.

X-ray scanners have been tested at ferry crossings, for visitor entries at the Pentagon and for long-range detection of suicide bombers at special events. And drawing the ire of privacy groups, Customs and the New York Police Department have deployed unmarked X-ray vans that can drive to a location and look inside vehicles for drugs and explosives.

Most federal health regulations for medical X-rays do not apply to security equipment, leaving the decision of when and how to use the scanners almost entirely in the hands of security officials.  -

Living Large:

A Look Inside

The Tiny House


(9 min. - YouTube audio/video)

On The Road
With A Camper Bike

(40 sec. - YouTube audio/video)


SR-71 Blackbird

(7-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)




Incredibly Short

Aircraft Take-Off

And Landing!

(40 sec. - YouTube audio/video)





(4-1/2 min. - video)

Horse & Mule Power
Historic Photos

(3-1/2 min. YouTube audio/video)
[Note: To avoid “religious” song,
turn down sound

Self-Driving Cars
(4-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

New Earthquake Computer Model Will Help Regulators Assess U.S. Reactor Risks - (January 31, 2012 - by Peter Behr - Scientific American) - Research suggests the risks posed to the nation's nuclear reactors may have been underestimated and therefore could be worse than the power plants were designed to withstand  -

Incredible Human
Flying Squirrels
In The Chinese

(4-min. - video)


Flying People

In New York City

(2-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Paragliding vs. Eagle

(11 min. - YouTube audio/video)




Mountain Biker
T-boned By
Large Animal
(1-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

A Swarm Of
Nano Quadrotors

(1-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Super volcanoes 'may be predicted' - (February 1, 2012 - The eruption of some of the largest volcanoes on the planet could be predicted several decades before the event, according to researchers.  -

Giant Crack in Antarctica About to Spawn New York-Size Iceberg - (February 2, 2012 - by Richard A. Lovett - National Geographic News) - "This glacier is really important," adds mightily to sea level rise, experts say.

Cracking Glacier "Really Important"

As far as sea levels are concerned, changes in the Pine Island Glacier and other West Antarctic glaciers are far more important than shifts among the continent's other glaciers, such as East Antarctica's Mertz Glacier—despite Mertz's much publicized release of a Luxembourg-size iceberg in early 2010.

That's because the "Luxembourg" iceberg came from a glacial ice tongue that had just been "sitting there," said oceanographer Doug Martinson of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

By contrast, "West Antarctica has ice streams, of which Pine Island is one. Those are fast-flowing streams of ice," said Martinson, who specializes in polar oceans.

When ice breaks off the Pine Island Glacier, he said, more ice can flow in faster from the mountains aboveice that will eventually wind up contributing to sea level rise.

"This glacier," NSIDC's Scambos added, "is really important."  -

Beach Danger: Sand  - (Feb. 4, 2012 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch) -  Digging and playing in beach sand puts people at higher risk of getting sick than swimming or sunbathing, according to a new study led by the Environmental Protection Agency. Researchers surveyed 5,000 beach visitors and found that those who dug in the most contaminated sand were twice as likely to fall ill. Those who had been buried in the sand showed an even greater tendency to get sick.  -

Drone Technology Reaches New Heights - (33 min. - audio) - (February 3, 2012 - Science Friday/NPR) - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are replacing boots on the ground in some wars. Commercially, UAVs are being used for things like crop-dusting and flood mapping. Experts discuss advances in drone technology and how to address legal and privacy concerns that stem from their use.  -

Astronomy Picture of the Day  -

Missouri Railroad Depots - (1300-plus photos of historic R.R. depots in MO) -

Folding Electric
(3 wheeled)
Car from 1920s

(45 sec. - YouTube audio/video)

Annie Oakley - (50-3/4 min. - video) - (The Amercian Experience - WGBH/PBS) - She was the toast of Victorian London, New York, and Paris. She was "adopted" by Indian chief Sitting Bull, charmed the Prince of Prussia, and entertained the likes of Oscar Wilde and Queen Victoria. Annie Oakley excelled in a man's world by doing what she loved, and won fame and fortune as the little lady from Ohio who never missed a shot.  -

Animatronic Dinosaurs
Take Over Aussie Museum

(45 sec. - YouTube audio/video)

Taken For A Ride - (56-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video) - Excellent documentary film exposing exactly how the auto & trucking, oil and tire corporations successfully conspired to kill efficient public transportation in the United States.

Are We In
The "Breakdown" Faze
Of Nuclear Power?

(8-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Know Your Rights
As A Photographer

(The ACLU)

(4-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Strange Clouds

Form Over

Florida Beach

(45 sec. - YouTube audio/video)

The Man
Who Lived
On His Bike

(3 min. - video)

Aurora 2012
(5 min. - video)

New Containment Flaw Identified in the BWR Mark 1 Nuclear Reactors - (9-1/2 min. - video) - (Feb. 9, 2012 - by Arnie Gunderson - Fairewinds Energy Education) - Fairewinds shows that the nuclear industry's plan to vent the containment at Fukushima Daiichi could not have prevented a containment failure and the ensuing explosions. Look at the graphics from the containment stress tests conducted more than 40 years ago at a US nuclear reactor identical to Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1. This video and its graphics provide important clues about why Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 exploded.  -

(4-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)


(4 min. - Time-lapse video)




Finding Oregon

(4 min. - Time-lapse YouTube audio/video)

Ice Skating On
Amsterdam Canals
(Winter 2012)
(3 min. - YouTube audio/video)

A Rare Look
Inside Burma's
Capital City

(2-1/2 min.- video)
(Feb. 12, 2012 - BBC/UK)

-Power Wireless
Everywhere Via

(Anthony Sutera)
(Solve for X)
(11-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)


(5-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Restoring Frank Lloyd Wright's Last Hotel - (2-1/2 min. - video) - (Feb. 16, 2012 - BBC/UK) - It was once one of the top 10 most endangered pieces of architecture in America. Today the only remaining hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has been restored to its former glory and is open for business again.

The building in Mason City, Iowa, originally opened in 1910 to great fanfare. In the decades following, however, it housed stores, offices and apartments until by the 1970s it was little more than an empty shell.  -




Solar Roadways:
The Prototype

(4-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Concrete’s Role As A Building Block In History - (25-3/4 min. - audio) - (February 17th, 2012 - Science Friday/NPR) - In his book Concrete Planet, author Robert Courland discusses why the concrete first used by the Romans is more durable than the concrete used in most present day buildings. Plus, mineralogist Peter Stemmerman tells us about his invention, Celitement and why it is greener than Portland cement.  -

Welcome to Earth
(4 min. - Time-lapse YouTube audio/video)

Iconic Marine Mammals Are 'Swimming in Sick Seas' of Terrestrial Pathogens - ScienceDaily (Feb. 21, 2012) — Parasites and pathogens infecting humans, pets and farm animals are increasingly being detected in marine mammals such as sea otters, porpoises, harbour seals and killer whales along the Pacific coast of the U.S. and Canada, and better surveillance is required to monitor public health implications, according to a panel of scientific experts from Canada and the United States.  -

Travel Alberta - (3 min. - YouTube audio/video) - Shot on location throughout Alberta. This spot features some of the breathtaking landscapes and authentic experiences from across the province.  -

FA-18 "Super Hornet"
Breaks Sound Barrier

(30 sec. - YouTube audio/video)

From Rocky Flats to Fukushima: This Nuclear Folly - (February 23, 2012 - by Naomi Wolf - by The Guardian/UK) - There's no such thing as safe and accidents are always covered up. -

High-Altitude Surveillance Drones: Coming to a Sky Near You - (February 24, 2012 - by John Villasenor - Scientific American) - What, exactly, will these drones be able to see? A lot, as it turns out. They will record the route and speed of every vehicle on the streets. They will observe the movements of individual pedestrians. At night, they will capture the precise moments when the lights in living rooms and bedrooms are turned on and off. The data they acquire, which can be correlated with information from mobile devices and smart meters, will become an important component of the growing digital record of nearly everything we do.  -

FukushimaWorse Than Chernobyl




Tar Sands Oil Extraction - The Dirty Truth - (11-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video) - Environmental devastation of the land, water, and air - the largest industrial energy project in the world is extracting crude oil from bitumen found beneath the pristine boreal forest of Alberta, Canada. Effecting a land mass equivalent in size to Florida or England. Both industry and government are putting money before the health and security of its people and the environment.

Tar sands take 3 barrels of water to process every barrel of oil extracted. Ninety percent of this water becomes so toxic that it must be stored in tailing ponds. Unfortunately these ponds regularly leach pollution into the third largest watershed in the world.

AirVenture 2011
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

(4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

(Water Bears)

(4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

The Tardigrade: Tiny, Cute, and Indestructible - (March/April 2012 - by William R. Miller - Sierra Magazine/Sierra Club) - The microscopic tardigrade -- which is about the size of the period at the end of this sentence -- surely qualifies as charismatic microfauna. It trundles about its moss, lichen, or leaf-litter habitat on stubby limbs like an eight-legged panda. The tardigrade (whose name means "slow walker") may be the only invertebrate universally regarded as "cute."

Tardigrades also may be the toughest creatures on the planet. When the habitat they favor dries up, so do they, through a process of cryptobiosis, into dustlike specks called tuns. In a desiccated state of suspended animation, they can be blown by the wind until they encounter a moist, hospitable location, whereupon they rehydrate and resume their active lives.

During their dehydrated period, tardigrades can tolerate nearly anything. They've been exposed to temperatures of minus 272.95 degrees Celsius (functional absolute zero) and 150 degrees Celsius (302 degrees Fahrenheit) and survived, none the worse for wear. They've even been exposed to solar heat and radiation in the vacuum of space and returned home to Earth to move, eat, grow, and reproduce. The latter isn't hard, since many are also parthenogenetic (i.e., they can give birth without the bother of sex).  -  [NOTE: Tardigrades are a perfect example of the type of "extremophile" ( ) life that may possibly be found on Mars, Venus, Europa (a Jovian moon), etc.  -- Bike Bob]:  -

Stealing State Parks - (February 27, 2012 - by Jim Hightower - OtherWords) - Top politicos in many states are closing many of their parks, slashing hours and services at others, or simply handing over the public's asset to profiteering corporations.  -

What’s Inside: Tap Water - (February 28, 2012 - by Patrick Di Justo - Wired) - [Note:  Many brands of bottled water are nothing more than expensively re-branded tap water.  Also, due to the extensive use of herbicides and pesticides -- along with abundant pharmaceutical biological-outflow effluent, many sources of surface, ground and "spring water" are contaminated.  And, then there is the fact that cryptosporidium & giardia are now ubiquitous in surface water, too.  -- Bike Bob]  -

The City of Samba
Carnaval Party
In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

(5-3/4 min. - Tilt-Shift Video)

BLOCKBUSTER! FOIA Documents Reveal NRC Cover-Up, Deception Over Fukushima Nuclear Disaster - (February 27, 2012 - by Tony Muga - The Intel Hub) - There is little doubt now that the radioactive plume had an effect on American citizens but keep in mind that people were not falling over dead in the street in numbers and the ‘plume’ is an invisible one so unless one had warning, there was virtually no way of detecting its presence.

According to a article based on research printed in the Journal of Health Services , Internist and Toxicologist Janette Sherman, MD insists we have paid a heavy toll from the fallout

“Based on our continuing research, the actual death count here (USA) may be as high as 18,000, with influenza and pneumonia, which were up five-fold in the period in question as a cause of death. Deaths are seen across all ages, but we continue to find that infants are hardest hit because their tissues are rapidly multiplying, they have undeveloped immune systems, and the doses of radioisotopes are proportionally greater than for adults.”  -

Ocean Acidification Rate May Be Unprecedented, Study Says - ScienceDaily (Mar. 1, 2012) — The world's oceans may be turning acidic faster today from human carbon emissions than they did during four major extinctions in the last 300 million years, when natural pulses of carbon sent global temperatures soaring, says a new study in Science. The study is the first of its kind to survey the geologic record for evidence of ocean acidification over this vast time period.  -

Generating Power from Salty Water: Unique Salt Allows Energy Production to Move Inland - ScienceDaily (Mar. 1, 2012) — Production of energy from the difference between salt water and fresh water is most convenient near the oceans, but now, using an ammonium bicarbonate salt solution, Penn State researchers can combine bacterial degradation of waste water with energy extracted from the salt-water fresh-water gradient to produce power anywhere.  -

Oxygen Envelops Saturn's Icy Moon - (March 2, 2012 - A NASA spacecraft has detected oxygen around one of Saturn's icy moons, Dione.

The discovery supports a theory that suggests all of the moons near Saturn and Jupiter might have oxygen around them.

Researchers say that their finding increases the likelihood of finding the ingredients for life on one of the moons orbiting gas giants.

The study has been published in Geophysical Research Letters.

According to co-author Andrew Coates of University College London, Dione has no liquid water and so does not have the conditions to support life. But it is possible that other moons of Jupiter and Saturn do.

"Some of the other moons have liquid oceans and so it is worth looking more closely at them for signs of life," Prof Coates said.  -

Study: All of Western US and most of East Coast, Midwest, Canada covered in airborne particles on March 20, Fukushima plume model shows — Based solely on Reactor No. 1 explosion


The Earthquake

(Recorded Live-Cam)

(14-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)




10 Years of Gorgeous Images of Earth From Space

The United Kingdom
Great Britain
And England

(5-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

(7 min. - YouTube audio/video)

The Birth Of

A Tornado

Close Up

(1-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)





Invisible Mercedes
(1-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)


(4-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

James Hansen: Why I Must Speak Out About Climate Change - (17-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video) - Top climate scientist James Hansen tells the story of his involvement in the science of and debate over global climate change. In doing so he outlines the overwhelming evidence that [human-caused] change is happening and why that makes him deeply worried about the future.  -

World’s Smallest
One-Man Helicopter

(3 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Man Survives
Two Near Misses
With Trains!

(30 sec. - YouTube audio/video)

Fukishima’s RadioactiveBuckyballFallout Repeatedly On St. Louis And All Across N. AmericaMuch More On Its Way! - (March 9, 2012 - by Michael Collins - - According to a new U.C. Davis study, uranium-filled nanospheres are created from the millions of tons of fresh and saltwater used to try to cool down the three molten cores of the stricken reactors. The tiny and tough buckeyballs are shaped like British Association Football soccer balls.

Water hitting the incredibly hot and radioactive primarily uranium-oxide fuel turns it into peroxide. In this goo buckeyballs are formed, loaded with uranium and able to move quickly through water without disintegrating.