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Little Shrimp = Big Discovery

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I’m impressed.

An article about how life can survive under an Antarctic ice sheet and NO REFERENCE OF GLOBAL WARMING CLIMATE CHANGE. Woozers.

Don’t believe me? Here’s the entire article.

And check out NASA discovering new stuff on THIS PLANET and not out by Uranus. Guess they need new reasons to justify their funding now that the space program isn’t a popular as before.

In a surprising discovery about where higher life can thrive, scientists for the first time found a shrimp-like creature and a jellyfish frolicking beneath a massive Antarctic ice sheet.

Six hundred feet below the ice where no light shines, scientists had figured nothing much more than a few microbes could exist.

That’s why a NASA team was surprised when they lowered a video camera to get the first long look at the underbelly of an ice sheet in Antarctica. A curious shrimp-like creature came swimming by and then parked itself on the camera’s cable. Scientists also pulled up a tentacle they believe came from a foot-long jellyfish.

“We were operating on the presumption that nothing’s there,” said NASA ice scientist Robert Bindschadler, who will be presenting the initial findings and a video at an American Geophysical Union meeting Wednesday. “It was a shrimp you’d enjoy having on your plate.”

“We were just gaga over it,” he said of the 3-inch-long, orange critter starring in their two-minute video. Technically, it’s not a shrimp. It’s a Lyssianasid amphipod, which is distantly related to shrimp.

The video is likely to inspire experts to rethink what they know about life in harsh environments. And it has scientists musing that if shrimp-like creatures can frolic below 600 feet of Antarctic ice in subfreezing dark water, what about other hostile places? What about Europa, a frozen moon of Jupiter?

“They are looking at the equivalent of a drop of water in a swimming pool that you would expect nothing to be living in and they found not one animal but two,” said biologist Stacy Kim of the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in California, who joined the NASA team later. “We have no idea what’s going on down there.”

Microbiologist Cynan Ellis-Evans of the British Antarctic Survey called the finding intriguing.

“This is a first for the sub-glacial environment with that level of sophistication,” Ellis-Evans said. He said there have been findings somewhat similar, showing complex life in retreating ice shelves, but nothing quite directly under the ice like this.

Ellis-Evans said it’s possible the creatures swam in from far away and don’t live there permanently.

But Kim, who is a co-author of the study, doubts it. The site in West Antarctica is at least 12 miles from open seas. Bindschadler drilled an 8-inch-wide hole and was looking at a tiny amount of water. That means it’s unlikely that that two critters swam from great distances and were captured randomly in that small of an area, she said.

Yet scientists were puzzled at what the food source would be for these critters. While some microbes can make their own food out of chemicals in the ocean, complex life like the amphipod can’t, Kim said.

So how do they survive? That’s the key question, Kim said.

“It’s pretty amazing when you find a huge puzzle like that on a planet where we thought we know everything,” Kim said.

Then again, maybe this article is just an early draft…


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March 16, 2010 at 9:51 pm

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Health Care Is Going To The Dogs

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Why the hell is this news?

The patient was only slightly injured when he limped into a hospital in the northwest New Mexico city of Farmington. The only problem was, he was a dog. When the automatic doors at San Juan Regional Medical Center’s emergency room slid open Saturday night, the pooch walked in, blood on his nose and paw, and a puncture hole in one leg.

Animal control officer Robin Loev (LOHV) responded to a call from the hospital and suspects the puncture wound was from the bite of another dog.

Loev says the German shepherd mix appeared to be intelligent and calm—and knew enough to go to the right place.

The animal was taken to the Farmington Animal Shelter and claimed by its owner.

It’s a dog. It was hurt. It saw people. It approached an automatic door. It’s not like he drove himself there and turned a door knob.

And, truth be told, once Hussein Health Care takes effect, Fido would have a better chance of survival by just going into a veterinary clinic.

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March 16, 2010 at 9:41 pm

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What Are They Doing With This Thing?

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Oh for God’s sake, they’re making this film AGAIN?

Will there ever be light at the end of the tunnel? That’s what everyone has to be asking at Universal Pictures, where the studio has been struggling for a year to dig itself out from the accumulated rubble of an prolonged losing streak.

Although there have been occasional hits, notably last year’s “Fast & Furious” and “Couples Retreat,” the studio has been buffeted by a long string of flops, from “Duplicity,” “State of Play” and “Land of the Lost” in the first half of 2009 through such recent releases as “The Wolfman” and “Green Zone,” which staggered to a $14.3-million opening this weekend, a disaster for the studio, seeing as the political thriller cost $100 million to make.

If there is any good news, it’s that the studio’s new executive team — led by Adam Fogelson and Donna Langley — has begun greenlighting a new batch of films that could help turn Universal around. For me, the most intriguing new film, which starts shooting this Friday, is “The Thing,” a remake of the 1982 John Carpenter sci-fi cult classic about an Antarctic research team battling a wildly insidious alien creature. Even though Carpenter’s film, itself a loose remake of 1951’s “The Thing From Another World” from Howard Hawks and Christian Nyby, didn’t do much at the box office (overshadowed by a more upbeat alien drama called “E.T.”), it has a huge following among sci-fi and horror geeks (yeah, like me) who remain thrilled by its taut storytelling and gloriously creepy special effects.

I saw the 1951 “Thing” movie as a kid. No idea why because I didn’t follow old-school monster movies that closely. I then saw the 1982 version. It was OK. Not as great as other people make it out to be, but whatever. To each his own. But a remake? For real?

Hold everything.

The film isn’t so much a remake as a prequel, or what the producers are calling a companion piece to the original. As “Thing” fans may recall, early in the film, trying to understand why a Norwegian helicopter had been chasing a runaway husky before it crashed, Kurt Russell returns to the Norwegian base camp where he finds evidence that its research team — now all dead — had dug something out of the ice, apparently awakening an extraterrestrial creature that had been buried for thousands of years.

“That’s the story we tell in this film,” says Marc Abraham, who is producing the movie with his Strike Entertainment partner Eric Newman. “We go back to that original Norwegian camp and try to figure out what happened. It’s like a crime scene, with an ax in the door, and the audience gets to be the detective, trying to piece together what horrible things have occurred.”

OK, now I’m more open to this. I still don’t think after nearly 30 years there is a huge demand to know what became of the Norwegian research team, but hey. It’s better than just re-doing the previous movie with more explosions, gore and T&A.

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March 16, 2010 at 9:36 pm

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Not Enough Hirin’ Goin’ On Out There

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After reading the first paragraph of this story, it sounds like the Muslim Wookie Fucker and his peeps are blaming the private sector for the high unemployment rate.

U.S. employers won’t hire enough workers this year to lower the jobless rate much below the level of 9.7 percent reached in February, three Osama administration economic officials said today.

Damn you U.S. employers! Why can’t you create more jobs? We in the government can do so with no problem.

Then again, shouldn’t Team Osama also be counting all the jobs that U.S. employers are saving?

Remember back in the day when the Kenyan Koffee Fetcher said that if we didn’t enact his Stimulus Shit Sandwich we could get unemployment above 8 percent? (Or was it 8.5 or 8.7 percent? No matter.) Those were the good ol’ days.

The proportion of Americans who can’t find work is likely to “remain elevated for an extended period,” Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, White House budget director Peter Orszag and Christina Romer, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, said in a joint statement. The officials said unemployment may even rise “slightly” over the next few months as discouraged workers start job-hunting again.

“We do not expect further declines in unemployment this year,” the officials said in testimony prepared for the House Appropriations Committee. They predicted the economy would add about 100,000 jobs a month on average — not enough to bring the jobless rate down substantially.

Today’s projections are in line with the 10 percent average unemployment forecast for this year in last month’s budget plan. Christopher Rupkey, chief financial economist at Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. in New York, said the administration’s language risks damping expectations for a recovery.

“They need to work on the message, and right now the message is that there is not a lot to be hopeful about,” Rupkey said. “Warning about a slow jobless recovery can help make it a reality.”

Then again, perhaps the Non-Dialect Negro wants as many people unemployed so he can pass his Health Care Deform package. More people not working and without health insurance = more people thinking having every hospital look like a hospice is better than nothing.

Damn that Hussein is good. Mad props, yo.

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March 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm

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