Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ripped Wound Sterilization Bacon

And I ran
Scatter
Fatter
Splatter
All along
The road
Fresh to eat
Tasty meat
Admit defeat
You could never
Resist the smell
Of fresh kill
The morbid still
Dance upon pleasure
Found not the treasure
A strong blow to the face
Puts consciousness in place
Space the eternal expansion
The destruction of crystal mansions
Here in never.

In the East, Hidden

The Spirit of my Times
Lost yet so sublime
Hidden from the plain
Drilling deeper in the brain
Caught in endless loop death
Stagnant stuffed pet
Conspire about the same
The toys flung to tame
Boys playing for power and land
Lost in the mystery of the sand
Bitter struggle old as time
Push button and rewind

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

DNA study shows yeti is real (sort of) – and Oxford scientist prepares expedition to find it

Results back from first scientific test into Abominable Snowman

'Bigfoot' has been the subject of many hoaxes, such as this April Fool's joke at Mount Everest in 1992 - but has he now been found to exist?

By ADAM WITHNALL

Wednesday 02 July 2014

An Oxford scientist has discovered the world’s first verified DNA evidence that the “yeti” exists – albeit not quite in the monstrous, manlike form of legend.

Two hair samples taken from remote regions of the Himalayas have been found to show a 100 per cent genetic match to a prehistoric polar-bear-like creature that existed more than 40,000 years ago.

The extraordinary find suggests there are bears roaming the mountain range that have not been seen since the Pleistocene period, which experts say may well be “the biological foundation of the yeti legend”.

Bryan Sykes, a geneticist from Oxford University, said that his research was proof enough to start planning an expedition to the Himalayas to capture a “yeti” bear specimen alive.

He told NBC News that his team’s study, published in this week’s issue of the journal Proceedings Of The Royal Society B, should encourage “Bigfoot enthusiasts to go back out into the forest and get the real thing.”

People from around the world answered Prof Sykes’ call to send in hair samples that may or may not be from what he describes as “anomalous primates”.

In the first study of its kind, his team then analysed 36 specimens reported to be yeti, Bigfoot from the US, Almasty from Russia or orang pendek of Sumatra.

The vast majority of the samples turned out to be from easily-explained, modern species, including horses, cows, bears, canines and even one unidentified human.

Oxford University genetics professor Bryan Sykes posing with a prepared DNA sample taken from hair from a Himalayan animal (AP)

But a golden-brown sample from an animal shot by a hunter in the northern region of Ladakh, India, 40 years ago and a reddish-brown hair from a high-altitude bamboo forest in Bhutan both matched the presumed long-lost bear.

Prof Sykes admitted that the study has not yet come across a hidden human-like creature – the Holy Grail of cryptozoologists – but that the anomalous bear was the next best thing.

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In the study, he and his team wrote: “It seems more likely that the two hairs reported here are from either a previously unrecognised bear species, colour variants of Ursus maritimus (polar bear), or U. arctos/U. maritimus hybrids.”

If hybrids, the “yeti” specimens were likely to have been descended from ancient cross-breeding soon after brown and polar bears separated on the path of evolution.

Prof Sykes is writing a book about the link between the samples and the 40,000-year-old bear fossil remains entitled The Yeti Enigma, and said a Himalayan expedition was “the next logical step”.

“We need a live ‘yeti’,” he said.

Caribbean Coral Reefs are Declining

By TOM BAWDEN

Wednesday 02 July 2014

The existence of most Caribbean coral reefs is threatened over the next 20 years without action to stem dramatic declines, conservationists have warned.

Caribbean corals have dived by more than 50 per cent since the 1970s, and are at just one sixth of their peak, mainly due to the loss of parrotfish and sea urchins which graze on the reefs, a new report shows.

“The rate at which the Caribbean corals have been declining is truly alarming,” said Carl Lundin, director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), one of the groups behind a new study.

“But this study brings some very encouraging news: the fate of Caribbean corals is not yet beyond our control and there are some very concrete steps that we can take to make them recover,” he added.

Measures such as restoring parrotfish populations and protecting reefs from overfishing and excessive coastal pollution could help reefs recover. They would also make them more resilient to the impacts of climate change, the experts said.

The report, which was put together by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) analysed more than 35,000 surveys at 90 Caribbean locations since 1970.

The experts said that while climate change - long thought to be the main culprit in coral degradation - posed a serious threat by making the seas more acidic and causing bleaching of corals, the main cause of declines has been the loss of grazing creatures.

“Even if we could somehow make climate change disappear tomorrow, these reefs would continue their decline,” said Jeremy Jackson, lead author of the report and IUCN’s senior advisor on coral reefs.

“We must immediately address the grazing problem for the reefs to stand any chance of surviving future climate shifts.”

Sea urchins suffered a mass decline from an unidentified disease in 1983 and extreme fishing has pushed parrotfish to the brink of extinction in some areas.

Reefs protected from overfishing, as well as coastal pollution, tourism and coastal development are more resilient to climate change, the report said.

Ayana Johnson, of the Waitt Institute's Blue Halo Initiative which is collaborating with Barbuda in the development of its marine management plan, said: "Barbuda is about to ban all catches of parrotfish and grazing sea urchins, and set aside one third of its coastal waters as marine reserves.

"This is the kind of aggressive management that needs to be replicated regionally if we are going to increase the resilience of Caribbean reefs."

The Caribbean is home to nine per cent of the world's coral reefs, generating £1.75 billion annually from tourism and more than a hundred times more in other goods and services, which 43 million people depend on, the experts said.