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Archive for November 18th, 2009

Looking for Water on Earth

Posted by feww on November 18, 2009

Never Mind Water on the Moon

Image of the Day: Please, can we have some more water?

Her’s another egregious example of science gone awry from its intended purpose of serving humanity. At a time when socially blind NASA “elites” are spending tens of billions of dollars of taxpayer money playing space invaders, bombing the moon and looking for water, people are perishing from the lack of water here on Earth, abandoned by science.

A villager walks in the partially dried-up Mahanadi river in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, November 17, 2009. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder. Image may be subject to copyright.

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Plastics: Phthalates are true ‘gender benders’

Posted by feww on November 18, 2009

Disappointed Your Last Baby Not a Girl?

Don’t Despair! You may still be in luck (!)

Did you always want to a have a baby girl and are disappointed because the ultrasound revealed your final attempt to be yet another boy?

Phthalates could help your dream come true (!) Phthalates, chemicals found in plastics, are hormone endocrine disruptors. They can alter the brain of baby boys, making them “more feminine,” say University of Rochester researchers.

Chemicals in plastics alter the brains of baby boys, making them “more feminine,” the researchers said.

Male babies who were exposed to high doses of phthalates while still in the womb,  ended up to be less interested in playing with “boys’ toys” such as cars, planes and trains, or join in rough physical activity, such as wrestling, the researchers found.

Luckily (!) phthalates are found in vinyl  flooring, and other household items including plastic furniture, packaging, PVC shower curtains, shopping bags…  as well as medical tubing and hundreds of other plastic items around you.

Two groups of phthalates DEHP and DBP seem to affect play behavior, researchers said.

Boys who were exposed to high levels of DEHP and DBP while in the womb showed less interest playing with “boys’ toys,” or engage in physical  games like playfighting, than other boys who were not exposed to the gender-bending chemicals.

A Scandinavian epidemiologic team discovered in 2004 allergies in children that were caused by phthalates DEHP and BBzP. They also linked exposure to phthalates in the living environment to asthma, especially in children, however, the scope of evidence was said to be  limited by vague data on the  exposure levels.

If you are pregnant with a baby boy, perhaps you could drop us a line and say what you think!

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Powerful Quake Strikes Queen Charlotte Islands Region

Posted by feww on November 18, 2009

Earthquake Measuring up to 6.8 Mw followed by a Strong Aftershock Strikes Queen Charlotte Islands Region

A powerful earthquake measuring up to magnitude 6.8 followed by a cluster of aftershocks, the largest of which measured up to M 6.0, struck Queen Charlotte Islands Region on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at about 15:31 UTC, at a shallow depth of about 5 km.

Tsunami Information

The West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer AK, said there was no threat of a damaging tsunami caused by the earthquake. However some neighboring regions could experience non-damaging sea level changes. “In coastal areas of intense shaking locally generated tsunamis can be triggered by underwater landslides.”

Earthquake location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FEWW

Earthquake Details:

  • Magnitude: 6.6 [Maximum quake magnitude estimated by FEWW at 6.8 Mw]
  • Date-Time:
    • Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 15:30:46 UTC
    • Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 07:30:46 AM at epicenter
  • Location: 52.151°N, 131.378°W
  • Depth: 11.6 km (7.2 miles)
  • Distances:
    • 250 km (155 miles) SSW (197°) from Prince Rupert, BC, Canada
    • 315 km (195 miles) WNW (303°) from Port Hardy, BC, Canada
    • 331 km (206 miles) S (178°) from Metlakatla, AK
    • 662 km (411 miles) WNW (302°) from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 5.5 km (3.4 miles); depth +/- 10.5 km (6.5 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID:  us2009pcaq

Historic Seismicity. USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FEWW

The Largest Earthquake in Canada

Canada’s largest earthquake (magnitude 8.1) since 1700, occurred on August 22, 1949 off the coast of BC. It occurred on the Queen Charlotte Fault (Canada’s equivalent of the San Andreas Fault) – the boundary between the Pacific and North American plates that runs underwater along the west coast of the Queen Charlotte Islands off the west coast of British Columbia. The shaking was so severe on the Queen Charlotte Islands that cows were knocked off their feet, and a geologist with the Geological Survey of Canada working on the north end of Graham Island could not stand up. Chimneys toppled, and an oil tank at Cumshewa Inlet collapsed. In Terrace, on the adjacent mainland, cars were bounced around, and standing on the street was described as “like being on the heaving deck of a ship at sea”. In Prince Rupert, windows were shattered and buildings swayed. —Natural resources of Canada

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