11/21/2014

Mysterious 'Glow Worm' Found in Peruvian Rainforest

A mysterious glowing worm has been discovered lighting up the soil in the Peruvian rainforest.
The strange glow worms, which are thought to be the larval stage of an as-yet-unidentified species of beetle, may use their phosphorescence to lure unsuspecting flies and ants into their waiting, open jaws.
Ants or termites will "fly right into their jaws, and then they'll just clamp shut and that's their meal," said Aaron Pomerantz, an entomologist who works with a rainforest expedition company at the Refugio Amazonas near the Tambopata Research Center in Peru, where the glowing larvae were discovered. [See Images of the Glowing Worm]
In tests, the glow worms readily devoured stick insects and termites, Pomerantz said. Their style of attack seems similar to that of the enormous, man-eating worms in the 1990 campy movie "Tremors," albeit at a much smaller scale, he said. "They're underground, and they burst from the earth," Pomerantz told Live Science.
Nature photographer Jeff Cremer found the tiny pinpricks of light glowing in a wall of earth when he was working at a lodge in the Peruvian jungle. On closer inspection, Cremer discovered several dozen of these tiny insects, which measured about 0.5 inches (1.2 centimeters), shining green in the night.
Cremer brought them to the attention of entomologists who work at the rainforest nature lodge, who had never seen anything similar in the region.
The team determined that the worms were the larvae of an unknown species of click beetle. These beetles, which belong to the family Elateridae, use a fast popping or "clicking" motion to escape predators, Pomerantz said. Adults may feed on flowers and nectar, but the larvae are probably predatory.
There are more than 10,000 species of click beetles, including about 200 that are bioluminescent, meaning that they give off light. These strange little creatures may potentially be cousins of Brazilian fire beetles and could belong to the group of bugs called Pyrophorini, Pomerantz said.
Brazilian fire beetles burrow into termite mounds, creating ethereal, glowing towers at night, Pomerantz said. Though it's not exactly clear how the newly discovered insects produce light, similar creatures use a class of molecules known as luciferins to give off their ghostly yellow glow. Pyrophorini typically maintain a constant glow through the night, and may even shine brighter when a predator touches them.
Bioluminescent animals usually glow to either lure in prey or to warn predators that they contain noxious chemicals. But the glowing also occasionally serves other purposes. For instance, fireflies' blinking is essentially a come-hither signal for potential mates, Pomerantz said.
In the case of the click-beetle larvae, it seems the creatures glow to lure in prey, Pomerantz said. The Brazilian click beetles aggregate in termite mounds and glow to attract more prey.
Right now, the team isn't sure if it's discovered a completely new species or a new subspecies of an already known species of beetle larva, but the researchers are contacting experts in Brazil to find out, Pomerantz said.

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11/19/2014

Mysterious Fire Outbreak in Nigeria


The acting district head of Soro in Darazo Local Government Area of Bauchi State, Alhaji Muhammad Kilishi, on Wednesday, informed that a mysterious fire outbreak had hit the town, razing more than 100 houses with property worth millions of Naira destroyed.
Alhaji Kilishi, who disclosed this while speaking with journalists in Bauchi, stated that as of now, no one knew the cause of the fire outbreak, saying that people only discovered that fire would come from nowhere and gut houses.
According to him, the mysterious fire outbreak started in October, saying, however, that, so far, no life had been lost in the incident.
"This fire is quite mysterious because it is not caused as a result of an electrical fault or bush burning. One just notices that fire from nowhere will start burning and before you know it, it has started destroying houses.
"This incident started mysteriously about a month ago, but no life has been lost since the outbreak.
I don't know the meaning of this strange fire which cannot be traced to a cause," the acting district head said.
He, however, insinuated that the fire outbreak, which, he said, was abnormal, could be a spiritual attack on the town, calling on residents to continue to offer prayers to God to put an end to the incident.
According to Kilishi, "Maybe it is a spiritual attack or something else, I cannot say for now.
It is just that it is quite abnormal for fire to appear from nowhere and start destroying properties within the communities."
He lamented that property of his people, worth millions of Naira, had been lost to the mysterious fire outbreak, though he expressed gratitude to God that no life was lost to it.
He then thanked the Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) for its quick intervention by coming to the aid of the victims, providing them with items like roofing sheets and other building materials, as well as food items.
Meanwhile, the state police command has confirmed the mysterious fire outbreak, saying that between October 1 and now no fewer than 164 houses were razed in the town.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, DSP Haruna Muhammed, last Monday alone, 21houses were razed by the mysterious fire outbreak.
"On the 10/11/2014 at about 07:00 hrs, a mysterious fire engulfed Soro town and razed down 21 houses. So far, between 1/10/2014 and now, one hundred and sixty four (164) houses where burnt down in the town mysteriously and cause of fire still unknown.
"However, no lost of life and no injury sustained, value of property destroyed yet unknown," DSP Mohammed said.

The Big Wobble Almanac
Bauchi—About 100 houses have been burnt in Soro town in Ganjuwa Local Government Area of Bauchi State, following the outbreak of a mysterious fire.
Acting District Head of Soro, Alhaji Muhammad Kilishi, who disclosed this in an interview with Vanguard in Bauchi, said residents in the local government were yet to know the cause of the fire.
Kilishi said: “This fire is quite mysterious because it was not caused by an electrical fault or bush burning. We just noticed that fire from nowhere started burning and before we knew it, it had started destroying houses.
“This incident started mysteriously about a month ago, but no life has been lost since the outbreak. I do not know the meaning of this strange fire which cannot be tied to a cause.
“Maybe it is a spiritual attack or something else; I  cannot say for now. It is just that it is quite abnormal for a fire to appear from nowhere and start destroying property in the communities.”
The district head said though no loss of life was recorded in the fire, property worth millions of Naira were destroyed.
He thanked the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, for rendering assistance to the victims of the mysterious fire and urged other government agencies and non-governmental organizations to come to the aid of the victims.
A victim, Murtala Shehu of Unguwar Fada Soro, called for prayers.
- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/11/mysterious-fire-razes100-houses-bauchi/#sthash.nCw2dY8G.dpuf
Bauchi—About 100 houses have been burnt in Soro town in Ganjuwa Local Government Area of Bauchi State, following the outbreak of a mysterious fire.
Acting District Head of Soro, Alhaji Muhammad Kilishi, who disclosed this in an interview with Vanguard in Bauchi, said residents in the local government were yet to know the cause of the fire.
Kilishi said: “This fire is quite mysterious because it was not caused by an electrical fault or bush burning. We just noticed that fire from nowhere started burning and before we knew it, it had started destroying houses.
“This incident started mysteriously about a month ago, but no life has been lost since the outbreak. I do not know the meaning of this strange fire which cannot be tied to a cause.
“Maybe it is a spiritual attack or something else; I  cannot say for now. It is just that it is quite abnormal for a fire to appear from nowhere and start destroying property in the communities.”
The district head said though no loss of life was recorded in the fire, property worth millions of Naira were destroyed.
He thanked the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, for rendering assistance to the victims of the mysterious fire and urged other government agencies and non-governmental organizations to come to the aid of the victims.
A victim, Murtala Shehu of Unguwar Fada Soro, called for prayers.
- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/11/mysterious-fire-razes100-houses-bauchi/#sthash.nCw2dY8G.dpuf
Bauchi—About 100 houses have been burnt in Soro town in Ganjuwa Local Government Area of Bauchi State, following the outbreak of a mysterious fire.
Acting District Head of Soro, Alhaji Muhammad Kilishi, who disclosed this in an interview with Vanguard in Bauchi, said residents in the local government were yet to know the cause of the fire.
Kilishi said: “This fire is quite mysterious because it was not caused by an electrical fault or bush burning. We just noticed that fire from nowhere started burning and before we knew it, it had started destroying houses.
“This incident started mysteriously about a month ago, but no life has been lost since the outbreak. I do not know the meaning of this strange fire which cannot be tied to a cause.
“Maybe it is a spiritual attack or something else; I  cannot say for now. It is just that it is quite abnormal for a fire to appear from nowhere and start destroying property in the communities.”
The district head said though no loss of life was recorded in the fire, property worth millions of Naira were destroyed.
He thanked the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, for rendering assistance to the victims of the mysterious fire and urged other government agencies and non-governmental organizations to come to the aid of the victims.
A victim, Murtala Shehu of Unguwar Fada Soro, called for prayers.
- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/11/mysterious-fire-razes100-houses-bauchi/#sthash.nCw2dY8G.dpuf
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11/11/2014

Has Nessie finally been caught on video?

Richard Collis appears to have captured footage of Nessie's head and neck emerging from Loch Ness

On any other stretch of water it probably wouldn’t garner a second glance. But this is monster territory.
Footage of a shadowy figure briefly emerging from the depths of Loch Ness has once again fuelled speculation that its legendary resident is alive and well.
Grainy footage has emerged showing a long and thin shape swaying in the water that bears a striking resemblance to Nessie’s fabled slender neck.
The video shows the object waving in the choppy water, around 500ft from the loch’s shore.
It was captured by Richard Collis – who counts himself amongst the most ardent Nessie cynics after years of fishing on the waters without a sighting.
But the tree planter was so taken aback by the mysterious shape he noticed while driving along the edge of the loch that he filmed it on his iPhone, and believes he might have stumbled upon the real deal. 
 ‘As I was watching, I was thinking what the hell is that?’ said Mr Collis, 58, who noticed the shape while travelling around a mile from Fort Augustus at the south-west end of Loch Ness.
He added: ‘I don’t really believe in anything like that until I see it.
‘I’m not saying it was a fire breathing dragon and I never saw teeth or anything like that, but I must have thought there was something there if I stopped to take pictures.’ 
The footage, lasting two minutes in total, was taken last Thursday.
Mr Collis’s wife Vibeke, 60, added: ‘I’ve been here 37 years and my husband has been here his whole life, so we are completely aware of how unique this is. I couldn’t believe it and laughed when he showed me because I knew he could never set that up. He’s not very technical.’
The image will now join hundreds of other possible sightings that have amassed over the years, some of which have been confirmed to be fakes. Only last week, paranormal investigator Jonathan Bright published an image taken three years ago appearing to show the head of a monster in the loch.
But despite decades of speculation, the mysterious creature has so far proved little more than a myth.





SOME OF THE MOST FAMOUS 'SIGHTINGS' OF THE LOCH NESS MONSTER

An online register lists 1067 total Nessie sightings. The list was created by Gary Campbell, the man behind the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club and is available at www.lochnesssightings.com
Mr Campbell said: 'Jonathon's photo bears an incredible similarity to Bob Rines series of pictures and will certainly further stimulate discussion about this enduring legend.'
Among the most famous claimed sightings is a photograph taken in 1934 by Colonel Robert Kenneth Wilson (below). It was later exposed as a hoax by one of the participants, Chris Spurling, who, on his deathbed, revealed that the pictures were staged.
This famous photograph, produced in 1934, was exposed as a hoax by one of the participants, Chris Spurling
This famous photograph, produced in 1934, was exposed as a hoax by one of the participants, Chris Spurling
In 2001 semi-retired photographer James Gray and friend Peter Levings took this while they were out fishing
In 2001 semi-retired photographer James Gray and friend Peter Levings took this while they were out fishing
This picture, said to show the monster, was taken by Hugh Gray in 1933 and published in the Daily Express
This picture, said to show the monster, was taken by Hugh Gray in 1933 and published in the Daily Express
A close-up of what could be the Loch Ness Monster. The photo was taken by William Jobes in 2011
A close-up of what could be the Loch Ness Monster. The photo was taken by William Jobes in 2011
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10/30/2014

The Weather Channel officially endorses man-made climate change

The Weather Channel just came out with its official position statement on man-made climate change: it’s happening.
The Weather Channel wasn’t exactly waffling on climate change before — it’s been known to produce some great content on that and other environmental issues, along with a wide array of what it calls “weather adjacent” clickbait. The statement, instead, was clearly timed to deal with the latest media fiasco that resulted after Fox News gave a platform to John Coleman, a climate denier who uses his severed connection to the network to spread his fringe theories.
Coleman’s interview with host Megyn Kelly lead to this PR disaster:

Just as there’s a large and significant difference between weather and climate, meteorologists are not climate scientists; as a whole, they tend to be more skeptical of climate science, and sites like the ones pictured above tend to jump on that skepticism as “proof” that the science isn’t nearly as settled as some would have you think. Coleman, despite spending years as a weather forecaster, was never formally trained as a meteorologist; what’s more, his beef isn’t with any particular studies, but with climate scientists themselves, who, he wrote back in 2010, “look askance at the rest of us, certain of their superiority. They respect government and disrespect business, particularly big business. They are environmentalists above all else.”
The writers and editors at the Weather Channel’s website aren’t meteorologists, either. But while they recognize that the science is still out on the relationship between large-scale climate change and local weather events, they’re explicitly clear about where they stand:
The bottom line is that with the rate of greenhouse gas emissions increasing, a significant warming trend is expected to also continue. This warming will manifest itself in a variety of ways, and shifts in climate could occur quickly, so while society needs to continue to wrestle with the difficult issues involved with mitigation of the causes of global warming, an increased focus should be placed on resiliency and adaptation to the effects of global warming given the sensitivity of civilizations and ecosystems to rapid climate change.
 Salon
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