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Deep Sea Human Robot

Currently human deep sea divers can work under the sea at depths of 450′. A few, very specialized dives can work as deep as 750′ for very short periods.

This technology is revolutionary as it lets a remote human operator, with electronic feedback that lets them actually feel objects the submersible robot is holding and see the ocean around them as if they were there. The prototype is capable of operating at 300 Meters, or close to 1,000 ft deep, and undoubtedly as the technology is further developed it will likely go much deeper. This is the very leading edge of robotic, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality Technology – and fundamentally changes the game in terms of underwater exploration, and eventual undersea habitation.

 

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2016 in General

 

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Who is Killing Bald Eagles

On my property on the Eastern Shore there are a mated pair of Bald Eagles and several Juveniles that frequent the trees along the water. It is an incredible sight to see these majestic birds swoop down on the water and catch a fish, to haul it back to land to eat. The juvenile birds can be mistaken for Ravens, in that they don’t develop the distinctive plumage until they are about 4 years old. Once a protected species due to extinction fears, the Eagles have made a remarkable recovery, and are no longer on the endangered list.

The abundant wildlife along the Atlantic Coast provides an ideal habitat for the birds, so sightings are common. Which is why this report has the entire Eastern Shore (DelMarVa) upset.

Bald eagles in Maryland may have been killed by humans, authorities say

Thirteen bald eagles found dead last month in Maryland didn’t die of natural causes. Authorities hint that humans may be to blame.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the results of the necropsy done on the eagles, found February 20 near Federalsburg, in Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The results indicate the eagles, which didn’t show any outward signs of trauma, didn’t succumb to disease or some other natural cause.

Ruling out a disease — such as avian flu — as the cause is important, the Fish and Wildlife Service said, considering the area’s many poultry farms and migratory birds.

“Our investigation is now focused on human causes and bringing to justice the person(s) responsible for the death of these eagles,” the Fish and Wildlife Service said in a statement.

But the service, which is working with the Maryland Natural Resources Police, didn’t give out any more details in the case, citing the ongoing investigation. A $25,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects has been offered.

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2016 in News

 

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Chinese Pills Made of Dead Babies

The biggest driver for the extinction of exotic animals in the world is poaching for ingredients for Chinese Herbal “medicine”. Whether the Ivory from elephants, or the bones of Tigers, poachers make big money satisfying the Chinese Traditional Medicine Market.

This one, though is even stranger. Parts of fetuses and babies ground up to make pills!

South Korea: Confiscated ‘health’ pills made of human remains

South Korean customs said it had confiscated more than 17,000 “health” capsules smuggled from China that contain human flesh, most likely extracted from aborted fetuses or stillborn babies.

The Chinese Ministry of Health said Tuesday it had been investigating allegations that capsules were being manufactured from human remains but had found no evidence.

The South Korean customs agency said pills had been smuggled into the country through parcels and luggage carried from China. The pills were composed of “ground stillborn fetus or babies that had been cut into small pieces and dried in gas ranges for two days, then made into powders and encapsulated,” the report said.

“Flesh pills have been continuously smuggled into [South Korea], camouflaged as health tonics,” the statement said. The pills came mostly from cities in northeastern China: Yanji, Jilin, Qingdao and Tianjin.The South Korean government has been investigating capsules made of human flesh since last year when a monthly magazine released a lengthy report about the use of dead infants in traditional medicines. The reports said the infants and fetuses were purchased illegally from hospitals. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Nawwwwww!

 

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Africa – The Mother of All Languages

Africa – the mother of all peoples on earth, was also where the first spoken languages were developed.

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The Mother of All Languages

The world’s 6,000 or so modern languages may have all descended from a single ancestral tongue spoken by early African humans between 50,000 and 70,000 years ago, a new study suggests.

The finding, published Thursday in the journal Science, could help explain how the first spoken language emerged, spread and contributed to the evolutionary success of the human species.

Quentin Atkinson, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and author of the study, found that the first migrating populations leaving Africa laid the groundwork for all the world’s cultures by taking their single language with them—the mother of all mother tongues.

“It was the catalyst that spurred the human expansion that we all are a product of,” Dr. Atkinson said.

About 50,000 years ago—the exact timeline is debated—there was a sudden and marked shift in how modern humans behaved. They began to create cave art and bone artifacts and developed far more sophisticated hunting tools. Many experts argue that this unusual spurt in creative activity was likely caused by a key innovation: complex language, which enabled abstract thought. The work done by Dr. Atkinson supports this notion.

His research is based on phonemes, distinct units of sound such as vowels, consonants and tones, and an idea borrowed from population genetics known as “the founder effect.” That principle holds that when a very small number of individuals break off from a larger population, there is a gradual loss of genetic variation and complexity in the breakaway group.

Dr. Atkinson figured that if a similar founder effect could be discerned in phonemes, it would support the idea that modern verbal communication originated on that continent and only then expanded elsewhere.

In an analysis of 504 world languages, Dr. Atkinson found that, on average, dialects with the most phonemes are spoken in Africa, while those with the fewest phonemes are spoken in South America and on tropical islands in the Pacific.

The study also found that the pattern of phoneme usage globally mirrors the pattern of human genetic diversity, which also declined as modern humans set up colonies elsewhere. Today, areas such as sub-Saharan Africa that have hosted human life for millennia still use far more phonemes in their languages than more recently colonized regions do.

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Posted by on April 15, 2011 in Africa

 

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