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  • Iceland's Most Active Volcano Looks Like It's Getting Ready to Erupt Again

    10/12/2020 9:07:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies ^ | 9 OCTOBER 2020 | DAVE MCGARVIE,
    Grímsvötn volcano on Iceland produced an unusually large and powerful eruption in 2011, sending ash 20 kilometres into the atmosphere, causing the cancellation of about 900 passenger flights. In comparison, the much smaller 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull led to the cancellation of about 100,000 flights. Grímsvötn is a peculiar volcano, as it lies almost wholly beneath ice, and the only permanently visible part is an old ridge on its south side which forms the edge of a large crater (a caldera). And it is along the base of this ridge, under the ice, that most recent eruptions have occurred. Another...
  • 1,200-year-old pagan temple to Thor and Odin unearthed in Norway

    10/09/2020 3:43:44 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 39 replies
    Live Science ^ | 8/10/2020 | Tom Metcalfe
    The remains of a 1,200-year-old pagan temple to the Old Norse gods such as Thor and Odin have been discovered in Norway — a rare relic of the Viking religion built a few centuries before Christianity became dominant there. Archaeologists say the large wooden building — about 45 feet (14 meters) long, 26 feet (8 m) wide, and up to 40 feet (12 m) high — is thought to date from the end of the eighth century and was used for worship and sacrifices to gods during the midsummer and midwinter solstices. Old Norse culture was famous and feared by...
  • New Viking DNA research yields unexpected information about who they were

    09/16/2020 9:53:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | September 16, 2020 | Simon Fraser University
    ...the research team extracted and analysed DNA from the remains of 442 men, women and children... from archaeological sites in Scandinavia, the U.K., Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, Estonia, Ukraine, Poland and Russia, and mostly date to the Viking Age (ca. 750-1050 AD). The team's analyses yielded a number of findings. One of the most noteworthy is that contrary to what has often been assumed, Viking identity was not limited to people of Scandinavian ancestry -- the team discovered that two skeletons from a Viking burial site in the Orkney Islands were of Scottish ancestry. They also found evidence that there was...
  • Archaeologists Think They've Found The Oldest Viking Longhouse In Iceland

    07/07/2020 8:40:24 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    LADbible ^ | June 24, 2020 | Tom Wood
    Archaeologists have unearthed what could potentially be the oldest Viking settlement in Iceland. It's an ancient longhouse that is reckoned to have been built in around 800 AD, which is decades earlier than the Vikings were thought to have colonised that part of the world. Oh, and it was found beneath another slightly less old longhouse that was packed with treasure, according to archaeologist Bjarni Einarsson, who was in charge of the excavations at the site. He told Live Science that the longhouse above was probably that of a chieftain, saying: "The younger hall is the richest in Iceland so...
  • Mysterious Iceland Earthquake Swarm Hits 9,000 In Less Than 2 Weeks

    07/02/2020 1:41:37 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 39 replies
    ibtimes ^ | 6/29/20 | Iñigo Monzon
    The number of earthquakes detected in Iceland has already increased to 9,000. The series of earthquakes began as scientists in the country reported signs of activity from Iceland’s most active volcano. In its latest report, the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) noted that it had detected a total of 9,000 earthquakes as of June 29. According to the agency, the earthquake swarm began on June 19 in areas northeast of Siglufjörður, which is a fishing town located on the northern coast of Iceland. Three of the earthquakes detected by the agency had magnitudes of over five. “The earthquake swarm began on...
  • The 'Image of Hell': Islam's Siege of Malta

    05/18/2020 9:30:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 5/18/2020 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Today in history, May 18, 1565, one of the most symbolically important military encounters between Islam and Europe began: the Ottoman Turks besieged the tiny island of Malta, in what till then was considered the heaviest bombardment any locale had been subjected to. Around the start of the sixteenth century, Muslim pirates from Algiers began to terrorize the Christian Mediterranean. Like their terrestrial counterparts, they too were indoctrinated in and emboldened by Muhammad's promises: "A campaign by sea is like ten campaigns by land," the prophet had said, "and he who loses his bearings at sea is like one who...
  • Iceland has been using Hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19 Since Early April, 2020: Shipment of Antimalarial Drug Has Arrived

    05/14/2020 8:31:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Iceland Monitor ^ | 04/07/2020 | Vala Hafstað
    The 50,000 packages of Chloroquine, purchased from India by the pharmaceutical company Alvogen as a gift to the Icelandic nation for treating patients with COVID-19, arrived in Iceland yesterday, reports. Landspítali National University Hospital will decide when to use the medication, which suffices to treat 25,000 patients. It was originally developed to fight malaria. A combination of Chloroquine or a related drug called Hydrochloroquine (Plaquenil) and the antibiotic Azithromycin (Zithromax) is already being used to fight COVID-19 in Iceland. In March, reported that Alvogen had applied for permission to conduct a large clinical study of that combination of...
  • Stanford University Dr. Scott Atlas: Virus Panic Induced By Overestimation Of Fatality Rate Of Infected

    04/27/2020 6:35:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 91 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 25, 2020 | Ian Schwartz
    Former Chief of Neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center Dr. Scott Atlas ... 'The data is in — stop the panic and end the total isolation.' ... we're in a different position now than we were a month ago, and that position is, we have a lot of evidence. We don't need to just simply emphasize hypothetical projections. We can combine that empirical data instead of ignoring it, we can combine that with our knowledge of fundamental biology decades we've known a lot about viruses, a lot about infections, and for decades even about this family of viruses. And then...
  • Neandertals had older mothers and younger fathers

    04/25/2020 9:03:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 52 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | April 23, 2020 | Max Planck Society
    When the ancestors of modern humans left Africa 50,000 years ago they met the Neandertals. In this encounter, the Neandertal population contributed around two percent of the genome to present day non-African populations. A collaboration of scientists from Aarhus University in Denmark, deCODE Genetics in Iceland, and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, have conducted the most comprehensive study to date using data obtained from 27,566 Icelanders, to figure out which parts of our genomes contain Neandertal DNA and what role it plays in modern humans. Every person of non-African decent shares around two percent of...
  • 'Waking up': Volcanic region gets hot after 'inactive for many centuries' Could impact travel for decades

    04/14/2020 7:20:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 42 replies ^ | 4/13/2020 | WND staff
    A region of Iceland is erupting for the first time in 800 years, raising concern of disruptions in air travel for centuries to come. The Guardian of London reported that since Jan. 21, the Reykjanes peninsula southwest of Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, has experienced more than 8,000 earthquakes. About 10 centimeters of land has risen due to magma intrusions underground, the paper said. "It seems that after being relatively inactive for many centuries, this region is waking up," Lancaster University volcanologist Dave McGarvie told the Guardian. The area is fed by five volcanic systems, the Guardian said, "which seem to come...
  • The most widespread testing so far shows that COVID-19 has a fatality rate of 0.004%. That’s lower than the flu. Should we start shutting everything down, every year, because of the flu?

    04/12/2020 1:26:02 PM PDT · by grundle · 130 replies
    Wordpress ^ | April 12, 2020 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    The most widespread testing so far shows that COVID-19 has a fatality rate of 0.004%. That’s lower than the flu. Should we start shutting everything down, every year, because of the flu? Iceland has tested 10% of its population for COVID-19, by far the largest percentage of any country.And it has discovered that the fatality rate is 0.004%.That’s lower than the flu.Should we start shutting everything down, every year, because of the flu?
  • Iceland has tested one-tenth of its population for coronavirus at random and found HALF of people have the disease without realising...

    04/12/2020 7:33:43 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 102 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 11, 2020 | Ryan Fahey
    Iceland has tested one-tenth of its population for coronavirus at random and found that half of people have the disease without realising. They also discovered that 1,600 people have been infected with Covid-19 since the start of the outbreak. Of these cases, there were only seven deaths, indicating a fatality rate of just 0.004 per cent, which is significantly lower than other countries, including the UK. The findings were made during Iceland's rigorous testing campaign, conducted with the help of Reykjavik-based biopharmaceutical company deCODE genetics, which has seen 10 per cent of the 364,413 population swabbed, something yet to be...
  • Patient Infected With Two Strains of COVID-19 In Iceland Published March 24, 2020

    03/25/2020 6:25:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Reyjavik Grapevine ^ | March 24, 2020
    It’s been confirmed that an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 in Iceland has been infected by two strains of the virus simultaneously. The second strain is a mutation of the original novel coronavirus. It is thought that this could be the first recorded dual infection case of this kind. Speaking to RÚV news yesterday, deCODE CEO, Kári Stefánsson confirmed the unusual infection. It is thought the mutated second strain could be more malicious or infectious because people infected by the dual-strain patient were only found to have the second strain. If this is the case, the virus could be...
  • Iceland scientists found 40 mutations of the coronavirus, report says

    03/25/2020 6:23:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 24, 2020 | Amanda Woods
    Scientists in Iceland found 40 mutations of the coronavirus among people with the deadly bug in the country — and that seven infections came from people who attended the same soccer match in the UK, according to a report. The researchers discovered the mutations — or small changes in the genome of the virus — by analyzing swabs of COVID-19 patients in the country, where nearly 648 cases had been reported as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the Iceland outlet Information. Health authorities, along with biopharmaceutical firm deCODE Genetics, tested 9,768 people, including those who had already been diagnosed, people...
  • Down syndrome abortion fight in Ohio takes legal twists. The law prohibits physicians from performing an abortion if they're aware that a diagnosis of Down syndrome, or the possibility, is influencing the decision.

    03/11/2020 6:38:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | March 11, 2020 | AP
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A federal court in Cincinnati will hear complex legal arguments for and against Ohio's Down syndrome abortion ban Wednesday, in a case viewed as pivotal in the national debate over the procedure. Attorneys for the government contend in legal filings that the sidelined 2017 law does not infringe on a woman's constitutional rights — because it “does not prohibit any abortions at all.” That was certainly not how the measure's proponents in the Ohio Legislature saw it, said one backer. “I'm of the mind that it certainly does prevent abortions,” said state Rep. Candice Keller, a Republican...
  • Chinese Tourists Found Dead by 1973 Iceland Plane Crash Site

    01/17/2020 10:58:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 January 2020
    Two Chinese nationals in their early 20s have been found dead at the site of a 1973 plane crash in southern Iceland. Police said the man and the woman were found near the Sólheimasandur crash site, which draws tourists. A police spokesman told the BBC a post-mortem would take place early next week to establish the causes of death. Officers had not found any signs of a "criminal act" by a third party, he said, adding that the bodies showed signs of hypothermia. In 1973, a US military plane crash-landed on the beach at Sólheimasandur. No one was killed. The...

    01/06/2020 9:24:13 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Powerline ^ | January 6,2020 | BY STEVEN HAYWARD
    Wildavsky, a sophisticated and pathbreaking political scientist, thought the matter quite simple: The contempt hurled at President Reagan over the principles nearly agreed to at Reykjavik reveal the intellectual bankruptcy of his critics. . . One cannot but feel that much of the violent reaction to Reykjavik had no more substantial basis than the extreme pique felt by arms control intellectuals at not being consulted in advance. That was Ronald Reagan’s real sin in Iceland. For what, after all, was wrong with Reykjavik except that it lacked the imprimatur of the foreign policy establishment? I tend to think the “deep...
  • Iceland Police Said Guilty Verdicts Likely for Leftists Who Poisoned Robert Spencer,

    12/04/2019 9:46:59 AM PST · by robowombat · 17 replies
    Iceland Police Said Guilty Verdicts Likely for Leftists Who Poisoned Robert Spencer, But Prosecution Was Quashed DEC 2, 2019 5:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER An Icelandic police report, which they recently sent me on a freedom of information request, details what happened when I was poisoned at the Bar Ananas in Reykjavik on May 11, 2017. I spent the night in the Emergency Department at Landspítali, the National University Hospital of Iceland, suffering from serious symptoms of poisoning that were not adequately treated. The police treated four people as suspects in the investigation: 1) Sindri Geirsson, the proprietor of the...
  • Vikings probably hunted Iceland's walruses to extinction for ivory

    09/24/2019 12:52:07 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 16 September 2019 | Colin Barras
    Iceland was once home to a unique subspecies of walrus, but the animals had vanished by the mid-14th century, just 500 years after the arrival of Norse settlers... Researchers have known for years that walruses once lived on Iceland, but opinion has been divided on whether they vanished before or after humans arrived. To settle the debate, Morten Tange Olsen and Xénia Keighley at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark carbon dated the remains of 34 walruses found in western Iceland. Three of the walruses died after the year 874 – the date permanent settlers are thought to have reached...
  • ADL Urges Iceland Drop Bill Banning Male Circumcision

    09/13/2019 7:25:59 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 144 replies
    ADL ^ | New York, NY, March 23, 2018 | ADL
    Why is ADL bullying Iceland? Those are NOT good optics.