Monday, November 12, 2012

News of the Day: Suck a Lemon

Ashley Wells, Xochitl, Pat Macpherson, Wisdom Quarterly (Armistice Day/Veteran's Day 2012)
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Demolition of Buddhas approaching!
KABUL (Reuters, Dec. 5, 2010) - Ancient Buddhist relics may temporarily delay huge Afghan copper mine. Safeguarding ancient Buddhist relics at a huge Chinese-run copper mine [MCC] in Afghanistan could take three years and delay the country's biggest foreign investment project, the Afghan mining minister said on Sunday. Archaeologists recently uncovered [2,600 year old] Buddhist remains at Mes Aynak mine southwest of the capital Kabul, including a temple, reliquaries, frescoes, and gold covered statues several meters high, some more than 15 centuries old. More
New Earth found (disclosure approaching)
In an exopolitical sign of impending disclosure in the mainstream media,  this report is making the rounds: Astronomers found a new planet similar to Earth that would take us 42 years to reach, traveling from Earth at the speed of light. Researchers have discovered a super-Earth planet circling a star at a distance that would allow that planet to support life, according to the study, "Habitable-zone super-Earth candidate in a six-planet system around the K2.5V star HD 40307." More
Cardboard bike can change the world
Oct. 16 - Israeli entrepreneurs say they're about to take the cycling world by storm with their new bicycle - made of recycled cardboard. Each bike costs less than $US10 to produce which, the developers say, will make it an accessible, environmentally-friendly form of transportation all over the world. Jim Drury has more. (Video + transcript)

Nagas in the News: New tentacled snake
Tentacled naga sea serpent (wikicommons)
Indiana Jones and Samuel L. Jackson may need to start their own group therapy session: Eight tentacled snakes were recently hatched at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. These babies belong to an aquatic species of snake native to Southeast Asia, formally known as Erpeton tentaculatus, according to the Mother Nature Network. Scientists say it is the only known species of snakes to have tentacles, which are used to sense vibrations from fish swimming by. The snakes are relatively small, usually growing to lengths of about 20 to 35 inches. The tentacled snake spends almost all of its life hiding in murky waters, and scientists say its venomous fangs are not a threat to humans.
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Beyond its unusual sensory devices, the tentacled snake has some other impressive evolutionary traits as well, including the ability to predict where a startled fish will maneuver, allowing the tentacled snake to literally guide the prey into its open mouth. A 2009 report from Science Blogs explains in detail how tentacled snakes use their sharp senses and incredible speed to trap their prey. "I haven't been able to find reports of any other predators that exhibit a similar ability to influence and predict the future behavior of their prey," Vanderbilt University professor of biological sciences Kenneth Catania said in a statement. Watch video of the tentacled snake capturing a fish here. More

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