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  • Are ‘American’ cars going extinct?

    07/04/2014 10:13:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 04, 2014
    Want to buy an American car? Better get one while they last. Only 10 vehicles qualified this year for the annual American-Made Index from Cars.com, and just three of them are from domestic brands. The Ford F-150 pickup took the top spot for the second year in a row, while the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray came in seventh and the Detroit-built Dodge SRT Viper rounded out the list in tenth. …
  • Global late Quaternary megafauna extinctions linked to humans, not climate change

    06/09/2014 4:13:04 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 46 replies
    Royal Society Publishing ^ | May 13, 2014 | Christopher Sandom, Sřren Faurby, Brody Sandel and Jens-Christian Svenning
    "A new study led by Jens-Christian Svenning of Aarhus University has strongly suggested that humans are squarely responsible for the disappearance of megafauna during the last 100,000 years. The results have been published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B."
  • Comet theory false; doesn't explain Ice Age cold snap, Clovis changes, animal extinction

    05/17/2014 12:06:11 PM PDT · by Renfield · 44 replies
    Science Codex ^ | 5-13-2014
    Controversy over what sparked the Younger Dryas, a brief return to near glacial conditions at the end of the Ice Age, includes a theory that it was caused by a comet hitting the Earth. As proof, proponents point to sediments containing deposits they believe could result only from a cosmic impact. Now a new study disproves that theory, said archaeologist David Meltzer, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Meltzer is lead author on the study and an expert in the Clovis culture, the peoples who lived in North America at the end of the Ice Age. Meltzer's research team found that nearly...
  • The Mammoth Cometh

    02/27/2014 11:44:06 AM PST · by Theoria · 67 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 27 Feb 2014 | NATHANIEL RICH
    Bringing extinct animals back to life is really happening — and it’s going to be very, very cool. Unless it ends up being very, very bad. The first time Ben Novak saw a passenger pigeon, he fell to his knees and remained in that position, speechless, for 20 minutes. He was 16. At 13, Novak vowed to devote his life to resurrecting extinct animals. At 14, he saw a photograph of a passenger pigeon in an Audubon Society book and “fell in love.” But he didn’t know that the Science Museum of Minnesota, which he was then visiting with a...
  • 28 Signs That The Middle Class Is Heading Towards Extinction

    02/06/2014 5:34:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/6/14 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog, The death of the middle class in America has become so painfully obvious that now even the New York Times is doing stories about it. Millions of middle class jobs have disappeared, incomes are steadily decreasing, the rate of homeownership has declined for eight years in a row and U.S. consumers have accumulated record-setting levels of debt. Being independent is at the heart of what it means to be "middle class", and unfortunately the percentage of Americans that are able to take care of themselves without government assistance continues to decline....
  • Biggest extinction in history caused by climate-changing meteor

    08/05/2013 8:34:44 AM PDT · by Renfield · 66 replies
    phys.org ^ | 8-1-2013
    It's well known that the dinosaurs were wiped out 66 million years ago when a meteor hit what is now southern Mexico but evidence is accumulating that the biggest extinction of all, 252.3m years ago, at the end of the Permian period, was also triggered by an impact that changed the climate. While the idea that an impact caused the Permian extinction has been around for a while, what's been missing is a suitable crater to confirm it. Associate Professor Eric Tohver of the University of Western Australia's School of Earth and Environment believes he has found the impact crater...
  • Will elephants still roam earth in 20 years?

    04/30/2013 8:42:17 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 74 replies
    (CNN) -- At the start of the 1980s there were more than a million elephants in Africa. During that decade, 600,000 were destroyed for ivory products. Today perhaps no more than 400,000 remain across the continent, according to Samuel Wasser of the University of Washington, who is widely recognized as an authority on the subject. If this level of killing continues, if elephants continue to be slaughtered for trinkets and statuettes, in 10 years' time most of Africa's elephants will be gone and an ineffable symbol of majesty and wonder -- and the linchpin in the ecology of an entire...
  • “Marriage Equality” Spells “Marriage Extinction”

    03/25/2013 8:57:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 71 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 25, 2013 | J. Matt Barber
    This week the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on two of the most critical cases of our time. On Tuesday, March 26, attorneys will make the pitch both for and against California’s Proposition 8. This, of course, is the Golden State’s pro-marriage amendment. It maintained the timeless definition of natural marriage as between man and wife. Then, on Wednesday, March 27, the high court will consider the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), passed in 1996 with overwhelming bipartisan support and signed into law by then President Bill Clinton. It, likewise, secured the definition of legitimate...
  • Bostrom: From Extinction to Transcendence (philosopher's take on the future of humanity)

    02/27/2013 12:39:15 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 2 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 2/27/13 | Paul Gilster
    Bostrom: From Extinction to Transcendence by Paul Gilster on February 27, 2013 At the top of my list of people IÂ’d someday like to have a long conversation with is Nick Bostrom, a philosopher and director of OxfordÂ’s Future of Humanity Institute. As Centauri Dreams readers will likely know, Bostrom has been thinking about the issue of human extinction for a long time, his ideas playing interestingly against questions not only about our own past but about our future possibilities if we can leave the Solar System. And as Ross Andersen demonstrates in Omens, a superb feature on BostromÂ’s...
  • When Babies Disappear (What to Expect When No One's Expecting)

    01/15/2013 6:23:44 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 73 replies
    RealClearBooks ^ | January 14, 2013 | Heather Wilhelm
    Do We Love Kids? Five years ago, on a quiet, leisurely Thursday night, my husband and I sat at the dining room table with a yellow notepad, discussing when we should start having kids. "See, here's how it works," he said, drawing a graph. "With a dog, you put in a medium amount of work, and you get a medium amount of reward. If you were to, say, purchase a lion, you'd put in a lot of work, but you'd get pretty much no reward - and you might even get eaten. Horrible deal." He paused, drawing a straight...
  • Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East

    12/23/2012 7:38:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 12/23/12 | Pamela Geller
    Why? It's a question the media never asks because they know the answer and they work furiously to obfuscate and cover up the why and the who. Everywhere Islam goes, everything and everyone must submit or .... die. Dhimmitude may be percevied as a third choice, but it is merely a slow and painful death. And all these churches and synagogues twinning with mosques. Why aren't these Pastors and Rabbis addressing with with Islamic clergy. Because these quislings are afraid to speak the truth. "Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East" Telegraph Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical...
  • Extreme Global Warming May Have Caused Largest Extinction Ever (Hottest Earth era ever detected?)

    10/18/2012 3:57:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/18/12 | Charles Q. Choi - LiveScience.com
    Feverishly hot ocean surface waters potentially reaching more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) may have helped cause the greatest mass extinction in Earth's history, researchers say. "We may have found the hottest time the world has ever had," researcher Paul Wignall, a geologist at the University of Leeds in England, told LiveScience. The mass extinction at the end of the Permian Era about 250 million years ago was the greatest die-off in Earth's history. The cataclysm killed as much as 95 percent of the planet's species. One key factor behind this disaster was probably catastrophic volcanic activity in...
  • Staggering Number of Bones of Extinct Ice Age Animals Found in Mexico

    09/06/2012 8:24:18 PM PDT · by ForGod'sSake · 141 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 4, 2012 | Sanskrity Sinha
    Apparently, archaeologists have also found a few human skeletal remains at the excavation siteBy Sanskrity Sinha: Subscribe to Sanskrity's RSS feedSeptember 4, 2012 11:10 AM GMT More than hundred bones of animals, now extinct, that thrived over 10,000 years ago (the late Pleistocene period), have been discovered in the state of Hidalgo, in central-eastern Mexico. Remains of megafauna that lived more than 10,000 years ago in what is now the Valley of Mexico. (Photo: INAH) The discovery was made at a construction site of a wastewater treatment plant near the river El Salto in the city of Atotonilco de Tula,...
  • Michelle Obama Under Fire for 2004 Letter Defending Partial-Birth Abortions

    05/21/2012 6:59:12 AM PDT · by blueyon · 26 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 5/21/2012 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Michelle Obama, the attorney wife of pro-abortion Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, is coming under fire for a letter she wrote defending partial-birth abortions. The 2004 letter, written to help Obama in his campaign for his U.S. Senate seat, opposes the ban on the abortion procedure. In February 2004, Michelle Obama penned a fundraising letter to help her husband Barack raise funds for his Illinois-based Senate seat. The letter contends the federal ban on partial-birth abortions "is clearly unconstitutional" and "a flawed law." Though the three-day-long partial-birth abortion procedure involves the partial birth of a baby...
  • Gingrich to Newsmax: Good Chance GOP Can Win Senate, Presidency (11-minute video interview)

    05/15/2012 5:45:59 PM PDT · by BCrago66 · 8 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 5/15/12 | Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview that Republicans have a “two out of three” chance of winning not only the White House in November, but the Senate and House as well. The reason, he says: President Obama “doesn’t have a clue about what he’s doing” and Americans can’t afford four more years of this “disaster.” Gingrich suspended his presidential campaign on May 2 and has endorsed Mitt Romney. The veteran Georgia lawmaker was first elected to the House in 1978 and served as speaker from 1995 to 1999 before announcing his retirement.
  • War on Women? Poll Shows Romney Leads Obama Among Female Voters

    05/15/2012 2:25:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 15, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The New York Times/CBS poll is so bad for Obama. They are really worried in the White House, and it's not new. They have been worried for a long time. This is not the first CBS/New York Times poll that has bad news for Obama. People have forgotten, two months ago, on the same day, the Washington Post and New York Times both came out with polls, and Obama was at 41% approval in one of them, and he was not doing well with women I think in the Washington Post poll two months ago. And this...
  • Anti-abortion climate 'will deter new generation of doctors' (UK)

    04/01/2012 10:15:45 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 1, 2012 | Ben Quinn and Sarah Boseley
    A new generation of doctors will be put off from becoming involved in abortion services by high-profile protest campaigns and a political "witch-hunt", providers fear. The current climate is already causing anxiety among doctors who are concerned that their practice will be called into question, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) said, as activists behind a new campaign to demonstrate outside abortion clinics were joined at one protest in London by a Catholic bishop. The warning comes as the BPAS and pro-choice campaigners say they feel "under siege" after the government ordered an unannounced inspection of more than 250 clinics...
  • From New President of Episcopal Divinity School: 'Abortion is a Blessing' [2009 Chant]

    04/15/2012 5:21:26 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    Catholic.org ^ | 4/2/09 | Randy Sly
    The announcement on Monday, March 30 that The Rev. Dr. Katherine Ragsdale was appointed as the sixth and newest president of Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) in Cambridge, MA, has orthodox and pro-life Episcopalians shaking their heads... ...the EDS website also has a link to Rev. Ragsdale’s sermon blog. There, the first sermon is entitled, “Our Work is Not Done...” “These are the two things I want you, please, to remember – abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Let me hear you say it: abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a...
  • Wis. Assembly passes abortion insurance ban

    03/14/2012 6:08:02 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 8 replies
    necn.com ^ | March 14 2012 | AP
    The Wisconsin state Assembly has passed a bill to ban abortion coverage from policies obtained through a health insurance exchange that is to begin in 2014. States are allowed to prohibit abortions under the exchange, which is to be a marketplace for small businesses and individuals to shop for health insurance coverage. Under the bill, abortions would not be covered under policies sold through the exchange except in cases of rape, incest or when the health of the mother is at risk.
  • Obama Admin Finalizes Rules: $1 Abortions in ObamaCare

    03/12/2012 4:38:43 PM PDT · by blueyon · 7 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 3/12/2012 | Steven Ertelt
    It’s official. The concern pro-life organizations had about the ObamaCare legislation funding abortions has been confirmed, as the Obama administration has issued the final rules on abortion funding governing the controversial health care law. Nestled within the “individual mandate” in the Obamacare act — that portion of the Act requiring every American to purchase government — approved insurance or pay a penalty — is an “abortion premium mandate.” This mandate requires all persons enrolled in insurance plans that include elective abortion coverage to pay a separate premium from their own pockets to fund abortion. As a result, many pro-life Americans...
  • Obama Admin Finalizes Rules: $1 Abortions in ObamaCare

    03/12/2012 4:36:02 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 61 replies
    Life News ^ | 3/12/12 | Steven Ertelt
    It’s official. The concern pro-life organizations had about the ObamaCare legislation funding abortions has been confirmed, as the Obama administration has issued the final rules on abortion funding governing the controversial health care law. Nestled within the “individual mandate” in the Obamacare act — that portion of the Act requiring every American to purchase government — approved insurance or pay a penalty — is an “abortion premium mandate.” This mandate requires all persons enrolled in insurance plans that include elective abortion coverage to pay a separate premium from their own pockets to fund abortion. As a result, many pro-life Americans...
  • How Freedom Connects Obama To Reagan

    01/19/2012 1:05:46 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-19-12 | Jared H. McAndersen
  • Earth's massive extinction: The story gets worse

    01/07/2012 6:23:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 58 replies
    PhyOrg ^ | January 5, 2012 | University of Calgary
    Scientists have uncovered a lot about the Earth's greatest extinction event that took place 250 million years ago when rapid climate change wiped out nearly all marine species and a majority of those on land. Now, they have discovered a new culprit likely involved in the annihilation: an influx of mercury into the eco-system. "No one had ever looked to see if mercury was a potential culprit. This was a time of the greatest volcanic activity in Earth's history and we know today that the largest source of mercury comes from volcanic eruptions," says Dr. Steve Grasby, co-author of a...
  • Watery secret of the dinosaur death pose (Simplest explanation of Dino extinction: They drowned)

    11/26/2011 6:26:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 157 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 11/23/2011 | by Brian Switek
    Recreating the spectacular pose many dinosaurs adopted in death might involve following the simplest of instructions: just add water. When palaeontologists are lucky enough to find a complete dinosaur skeleton – whether it be a tiny Sinosauropteryx or an enormous Apatosaurus – there's a good chance it will be found with its head thrown backwards and its tail arched upwards – technically known as the opisthotonic death pose. No one is entirely sure why this posture is so common, but Alicia Cutler and colleagues from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, think it all comes down to a dip in...
  • 'Extinct' frog hops back into northern Israel

    11/18/2011 9:06:49 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 20 replies · 1+ views
    boston.com ^ | November 18, 2011 | AP
    A frog species believed to be extinct has hopped back into sight in northern Israel. Omri Gal of Israel's Nature and Parks Authority said Thursday the Hula Painted Frog was seen for the first time in 50 years this week. He said it was declared extinct. Gal said, "It's an amazing find, now we have a second chance to preserve the species."
  • Ice age animals not wiped out by humans (Global Warming to blame)

    11/03/2011 9:27:41 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 11 replies
    ABC ^ | 11/3/2011 | Dani Cooper
    The extinction of the woolly mammoth and other large ice age animals can't be blamed on a 'human blitzkrieg', say researchers. A new study shows the apparent mass extinction was due instead to a combination of climate change, habitat loss as well as human impact. The findings have been hailed as a "fantastic development in the debate on extinction" and a key to developing strategies to prevent further loss of species. The research, published today online in Nature, tracks the extinction of six large mammals during the last ice age and shows while climate is the major driver of population...
  • Arab MK: Israel Faces Extinction in Mideast

    09/10/2011 11:56:03 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/9/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    An Arab MK said that Israel in effect will cease to exist if it does not see the break-in at the embassy in Cairo and sanctions by Turkey as “only the beginning” of a reaction its “crimes.” Ibrahim Sarsur, of the Ra'am-Ta'al party, charged that Israel’s reactions to the break-in at the Cairo embassy Friday and Turkey’s recent sanctions against Israel “are a death blow to peaceful relations.” The Israeli legislator from the Israeli Arab community accused Israel of behavior that “damages the Arab people and their national honor” by what he called the “criminal acts" against Turkey that resulted...
  • No Surprise: RINO Meghan McCain wants RINO Romney or RINO Huntsman to be President

    05/27/2011 1:41:15 AM PDT · by conservativeforpalin · 18 replies
    Politicons- Politically Conservative ^ | May 27th | Henry D'Andrea
    “Umm, I think the Tea Party is dying out a little, but you know I am moderate and I really want a Republican in office, but we have to really start to be realistic about the kind of times were living in. And EXTREMISM just isn’t going to work.“ Really Meghan? The Tea Party is extreme? The only reason your RINO father did as well as he did in 2008 was because of Sarah Palin. Go have fun cheerleading for Mittens and that other RINO Huntsman. video at link
  • Federal researchers declare eastern cougar extinct

    03/02/2011 6:40:18 PM PST · by americanophile · 158 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 2, 2011 | MICHAEL RUBINKAM
    ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The "ghost cat" is just that. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday declared the eastern cougar to be extinct, confirming a widely held belief among wildlife biologists that native populations of the big cat were wiped out by man a century ago. After a lengthy review, federal officials concluded there are no breeding populations of cougars — also known as pumas, panthers, mountain lions and catamounts — in the eastern United States. Researchers believe the eastern cougar subspecies has probably been extinct since the 1930s. Wednesday's declaration paves the way for the eastern cougar to...
  • Blue-green algae tested for treating ALS (spirulina)

    12/21/2010 9:00:47 AM PST · by decimon · 7 replies
    University of South Florida (USF Health) ^ | December 21, 2010 | Unknown
    Ancient food source may offer neuroprotectionNutritional supplementation with Spirulina, a nutrient-rich, blue-green algae, appeared to provide neuroprotective support for dying motor neurons in a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, University of South Florida neuroscientists have found. Although more research is needed, they suggest that a spirulina-supplemented diet may provide clinical benefits for ALS patients. A spirulina dietary supplement was shown to delay the onset of motor symptoms and disease progression, reducing inflammatory markers and motor neuron death in a G93A mouse model of ALS. Spirulina, an ancient food source used by the...
  • When you hear the word 'Biodiversity' reach for your Browning

    10/30/2010 2:29:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | October 24, 2010 | James Delingpole
    This column comes to you from sunny Rajasthan, India, where I have taken my family to look for leopards (and crocodiles and monkeys and black buck…). As you can imagine taking the kids somewhere so exotic at half term is costing me an arm and a leg I can ill afford. But I want them to share with me the almost matchless pleasure of seeing big cats (or big anything else: sharks are good too; and bears; and elephants…) in their native habitat. Being amid unspoilt nature, whether it’s walking in the Welsh or Scottish hills or going on safari...
  • Are We In The Midst Of A Global Extinction Event?

    10/28/2010 4:38:36 AM PDT · by mattstat · 7 replies
    “World Ends! Amphibians, Cartilaginous Fishes Hardest Hit.” That was the headline yesterday in newspapers all over the country as editors reacted to a press release from Science magazine which described a broad study of species loss. Even the Wall Street Journal, which is not known for overreacting, ran this: “A War Against Extinction: The Number of Species Keeps Falling, but Conservation Racks Up a Few Successes.” Golly! A war! What makes this headline odd is that this same paper, and many others, not one month ago, announced to us: “Census of Marine Life unveils 6,000 new species.” That’s a lot...
  • A fifth of world's plant species at risk of extinction(Liberals blamed)

    09/30/2010 5:47:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 9/30/10
    A fifth of world's plant species at risk of extinctionThe Irish Times - Thursday, September 30, 2010 LONDON – ONE in five of the world’s 380,000 plant species is threatened with extinction and human activity is doing most of the damage, according to a global study published yesterday. Scientists from Britain’s Botanic Gardens at Kew, London’s Natural History Museum and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), found that more than 22 per cent of species were endangered, critically endangered or vulnerable. “The single greatest threat is conversion of natural habitats to agricultural use, directly impacting 33 per...
  • The Meat Eaters

    09/20/2010 11:10:35 AM PDT · by oldtimer2 · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 20, 2010 | JEFF MCMAHAN
    Viewed from a distance, the natural world often presents a vista of sublime, majestic placidity. Yet beneath the foliage and hidden from the distant eye, a vast, unceasing slaughter rages. Wherever there is animal life, predators are stalking, chasing, capturing, killing, and devouring their prey. Agonized suffering and violent death are ubiquitous and continuous. This hidden carnage provided one ground for the philosophical pessimism of Schopenhauer, who contended that “one simple test of the claim that the pleasure in the world outweighs the pain…is to compare the feelings of an animal that is devouring another with those of the animal...
  • Mass Extinction Threat: Earth on Verge of Huge Reset Button? (and it's all man's fault doncha know)

    09/03/2010 6:01:21 AM PDT · by downtownconservative · 37 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Thu Sep 2, 2:30 pm ET | Jeremy Hsu
    Mass extinctions have served as huge reset buttons that dramatically changed the diversity of species found in oceans all over the world, according to a comprehensive study of fossil records. The findings suggest humans will live in a very different future if they drive animals to extinction, because the loss of each species can alter entire ecosystems. Some scientists have speculated that effects of humans - from hunting to climate change - are fueling another great mass extinction. A few go so far as to say we are entering a new geologic epoch, leaving the 10,000-year-old Holocene Epoch behind and...
  • 5 Distasteful Bets You Can Make On The Gulf Oil Spill

    06/11/2010 7:19:09 AM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 394+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 6-11-2010 | Gus Lubin
    5 Distasteful Bets You Can Make On The Gulf Oil Spill Gus Lubin Jun. 11, 2010, 9:27 AM There's markets and wagers for everything, including all your burning questions about the Gulf Oil Spill (via The Barrel). Paddypower.com offers bets on the next CEO of BP: Ian Conn -- 3/1 Sir John Brown -- 7/2 Robert Dudley -- 7/2 ... and Tony Blair -- 100/1 First to become extinct: Kemp's Ridley Turtle (pictured) -- 4/5 Bluefin Tuna -- 6/4 Brown Pelican -- 8/1 BP share prices at year end (LSE): 360p - 420p -- 9/4 420p - 500p -- 10/3...
  • Methane Extinctions - Could this Explain the Carolina Bays?

    06/07/2010 12:44:05 PM PDT · by Errant · 35 replies · 102+ views
    Evolutionary Leaps ^ | June 2010 | Robert Felix & video by Dr. Gregory Ryskin, Professor
    Jun 2010 - The Permian-Triassic Extinction Event, the largest extinction in history, could have been caused by huge, worldwide methane explosions, says Dr. Gregory Ryskin, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Northwestern University Could such explosions have created the Carolina Bays? (More than two million huge holes were gouged into the ground about 12,000 years ago at the Gothenburg magnetic reversal. Some of the holes - which are still there - are bigger than nearby cities. Those holes are now collectively known as the Carolina Bays.) During the Great Permian Extinction, when up to 95% of all species went extinct, Dr....
  • Warming extinguishing lizards

    05/14/2010 9:11:27 AM PDT · by worst-case scenario · 24 replies · 523+ views
    The Scientist ^ | May 14, 2010 | Lauren Urban
    The worst-case scenario of the consequences of global warming - mass extinctions - appears to be a reality for lizards, according to a new report in Science. The authors found that 12 percent of local populations of lizards have already disappeared from hundreds of sites in Mexico. Furthermore, within the next 70 years, the authors predict that 1 in 5 lizard species will no longer exist anywhere on the planet, all the result of rising global temperatures. Although a growing amount of data is showing the impact of climate change on species, these lizard extinctions were somewhat surprising, said Jack...
  • Anglican Church facing the threat of extinction

    02/10/2010 6:37:04 AM PST · by mkleesma · 14 replies · 446+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 02/10/2010 | Michael Valpy
    The Anglican Church in Canada – once as powerful in the nation's secular life as it was in its soul – may be only a generation away from extinction, says a just-published assessment of the church's future. The report, prepared for the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia, calls Canada a post-Christian society in which Anglicanism is declining faster than any other denomination. It says the church has been “moved to the far margins of public life.” According to the report, the diocese – “like most across Canada” – is in crisis. The report repeats, without qualification or question, the results...
  • Tasmanian Devil Facial Cancer Origins 'Identified'

    01/03/2010 6:56:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 887+ views
    BBC ^ | 1/1/10
    Researchers believe they have identified the source of fatal tumours that threaten to wipe out the wild population of Tasmanian devils. Writing in Science, an international team of scientists suggest cells that protect nerves are the likely origin of devil facial tumour disease (DFTD). The disease is a transmissible cancer that is spread by physical contact, and quickly kills the animals. DFTD has caused the devil population to collapse by 60% in the past decade. "To look more closely at the tumours' origin, we sequenced the genes that are expressed in this devil cancer and compared them with other genes...
  • Peru's mountain people face fight for survival in a bitter winter

    01/03/2010 5:04:11 PM PST · by muawiyah · 38 replies · 1,600+ views
    guardian.co.uk | The Observer ^ | January 3, 2010 | Anneie Kelly
    But, for the fourth year running, the cold came early. First their animals and now their children are dying.....in ...... escalating numbers.....
  • Findings on Origin of a Cancer in Tasmanian Devils (Davils hurtling toward extinction)

    12/31/2009 12:24:32 PM PST · by americanophile · 14 replies · 827+ views
    NYT ^ | December 31, 2009 | CARL ZIMMER
    The Tasmanian devil, the spaniel-size marsupial found on the Australian island of Tasmania, has been hurtling toward extinction in recent years, the victim of a bizarre and mysterious facial cancer that spreads like a plague. Now Australian scientists say they have discovered how the cancer originated. The finding, being reported Friday in the journal Science, sheds light on how cancer cells can sometimes liberate themselves from the hosts where they first emerged. On a more practical level, it also opens the door to devising vaccines that could save the Tasmanian devils. “It’s a great paper,” said Katherine Belov, a geneticist...
  • Koalas, penguins at risk of extinction

    12/14/2009 12:32:25 PM PST · by myknowledge · 52 replies · 4,247+ views
    Nine News ^ | December 15, 2009
    Climate change threatens the survival of dozens of animal species from the emperor penguin to koalas, according to a report released Monday at the UN climate summit. Rising sea levels, ocean acidification and shrinking polar ice are taking a heavy toll on species already struggling to cope with pollution and shrinking habitats, said the study from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an intergovernmental group. "Humans are not the only ones whose fate is at stake here in Copenhagen -- some of our favourite species are also taking the fall for our CO2 emissions," said Wendy Foden,...
  • Lack Of Sex Could Be A Signpost To Extinction, Claim Researchers [2005]

    10/08/2009 7:56:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies · 1,075+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | October 29, 2005 | Adapted from materials provided by Imperial College London
    Researchers from Imperial College London believe that when species become asexual they could be on their way to extinction... P. marneffei is a fungus which causes disease in people with damaged immune systems, such as HIV/AIDS patients, and it is only found in parts of south-east Asia... Dr Bill Hanage, one of the paper's authors, from Imperial College London, adds: "By being asexual, P. marneffei is not only limiting its ability to adapt, it may be at risk of becoming extinct. If it is unable to adapt to new environments, it will be unable to adapt to changes in its...
  • Should We Let the Pandas Die Off?

    10/07/2009 8:52:11 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 71 replies · 2,461+ views
    ICR News ^ | October 7, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Pandas face a difficult future, despite great efforts to preserve them. With their dwindling population, shrinking habitat, and weakening genetic strength, one evolutionist has suggested that these longstanding symbols of the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) should be allowed to die out...
  • "Asteroid Impacts are the Biggest Threat to Advanced Life in the Milky Way" -Stephen Hawking

    09/26/2009 9:43:01 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies · 1,597+ views
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 9/26/09 | Stephen Hawking
    Stephen Hawking believes that one of the major factors in the possible scarcity of intelligent life in our galaxy is the high probability of an asteroid or comet colliding with inhabited planets. We have observed, Hawking points out in Life in the Universe, the collision of a comet, Schumacher-Levi, with Jupiter (below), which produced a series of enormous fireballs, plumes many thousands of kilometers high, hot "bubbles" of gas in the atmosphere, and large dark "scars" on the atmosphere which had lifetimes on the order of weeks. It is thought the collision of a rather smaller body with the Earth,...
  • Comets 'not cause of extinctions'

    08/04/2009 10:30:30 AM PDT · by BGHater · 8 replies · 643+ views
    BBC ^ | 02 Aug 2009 | Griet Scheldeman
    Comet strikes are an unlikely cause of past mass extinctions on Earth, according to computer simulations. Scientists used the simulations to model the paths of long-period comets, to determine the likelihood of these "dirty snowballs" striking our planet. The University of Washington, Seattle, research appears in Science journal. How many mass extinctions in Earth's history were caused by these icy bodies crashing into our planet has been a subject of considerable debate. Many scientists agree that an asteroid strike 65 million years ago wiped out the dinosaurs. But there is uncertainty about how many other such events were triggered by...
  • Humans to Blame for Extinction? - Not Necessarily So ...

    07/21/2009 1:09:33 PM PDT · by George - the Other · 21 replies · 867+ views
    Science News ^ | July 21, 2009 | Science News
    "These findings are inconsistent with the alternative and already hotly debated theory that overhunting by Clovis people led to the rapid extinction of large mammals at the end of the ice age, the research team argues in the PNAS paper."
  • Internet Still the Leading Source for News(BARF ALERT)

    06/18/2009 10:46:54 AM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies · 356+ views
    THR.com Reuters ^ | June 17, 2009 | Staff
    NY- The Internet is by far the most popular source of information and the preferred choice for news ahead of television, newspapers and radio, according to a new poll in the U.S. But just a small fraction of U.S. adults considered social Web sites such as Facebook and MySpace as a good source of news and even fewer would opt for Twitter. More than half of the people questioned in the Zogby Interactive survey said they would select the Internet if they had to choose only one source of news, followed by 21% for television and 10% for both newspapers...
  • News to Note, May 2, 2009: A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint

    05/02/2009 11:41:27 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 6 replies · 642+ views
    AiG ^ | May 2, 2009
    News to Note, May 2, 2009A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint (Read the following stories, and much more by clicking excerpt link at the bottom) 1. LiveScience: “Swine Flu Is Evolution in Action”Swine flu—both the virus itself and the associated paranoia—seems to be sweeping the world. Is it evolution in action? 2. LiveScience: “Some Dinosaurs Survived the Asteroid Impact”The widely taught model of dinosaur extinction doesn’t line up with the latest fossil findings. 3. National Geographic News: “Baby Mammoth CT Scan Reveals Internal Organs”The preserved baby woolly mammoth shows that it died in an “oxygen-deprived environment” that...