23 September 2005

News Headlines of Interest

Quote for the day:

“News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising."
(1865 – 1922)


Mysterious 'Ball Of Fire' Seen In Fla. Skies
Swastika Building on U.S. Naval Base

Just A Coincidence - Nothing To Worry About Folks


Google Earth threatens democracy - The Register
Major Discovery - Maps of Deadly Storms of Past Years
Scientists Amazed at Unprecedented Increase in Solar Flares
U.S. Meteorologist Says Russian Inventors Caused Hurricane Katrina

HAARP - High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program.

Links:

18 September 2005

The Google Experiment - What's New from Google.

Quote for the day:

“To do more for the world than the world does for you - that is success."
Henry Ford
(1863 – 1947)

What's New from Google?

So what has Google done for us lately? Here’s a look at a few recent innovations:

1. Search by Number - Specific numbers can be entered right into Google's search box for quick access to certain kinds of information. Track a package. Get flight status updates. Look up an area code. Research a patent. Check an auto’s VIN. Just type a number into Google.


2. Numrange Search - Want to set a price range for your DVD player search? Or only look at digital cameras with certain resolutions? Google's Numrange search enables you to pull up relevant results that fall between any two numbers you choose.

3. Google Image Search - Google's Image Search offers more than 880 million images indexed and available for viewing. Whether you’re searching for a picture of a platypus or a graphic of Grant’s tomb, you’ll find it by clicking the "Images" link above the Google search box or by going directly to the Google Image Search home page.

4. Google Toolbar - Put a Google search box right in your browser and you can search from anywhere on the web. Our free Google Toolbar not only keeps Google right where you want it, it also:

5. Froogle - If you’re shopping for something online, start at Froogle. Search millions of products from stores across the web and sort them by price. And just as with Google, your results are totally unbiased since merchants don't pay to be included.

You’ll find Froogle "product search" listings at the top of your results page when you use Google. Or go directly to Froogle by clicking the "Froogle" link on the Google home page.

For example, if you’re looking for information about DVD players between $250 and $350, use Numrange search by specifying the prices and putting two periods between them, as shown below.

DVD player $250...350 3.6 megapixels digital camera 1950...1960 Willie Mays

6. Google Adsense - Google AdSense is a fast and easy way for website publishers of all sizes to display relevant Google ads on their website's content pages and earn money. Because the ads are related to what your visitors are looking for on your site - or matched to the characteristics and interests of the visitors your content attracts - you'll finally have a way to both monetize and enhance your content pages.

It's also a way for website publishers to provide Google web and site search to their visitors, and to earn money by displaying Google ads on the search results pages.

7. Google Labs

  • Google Web Alerts - Automatically emails you when there's new information on the web about a topic of interest to you. Try Google Web Alerts
  • Google Personalized Search - Search results tuned to your individual interests. Customize your information by creating a profile and sliding a control bar at the top of the results page. Try Google Personalized Search

8. Google Blog Search - A new beta search service that enables users to search for blogs and posts that match their interests. Based on the same technology that powers Google's web search and is also integrated with Blogger.

There’s lots more - tour around and catch up on the Google Experiment.

11 September 2005

Solar Flare

Quote for the day:

"Living on Earth may be expensive, but it includes an annual free trip around the Sun."
Bumper sticker

Space radiation storm captured in an image from the SOHO spacecraft, which monitors the Sun.

Solar activity is at "very high levels," according to NOAA's Space Environment Center.

There have been seven major solar flares in recent days, including a tremendous X-17 eruption Wednesday. An event Friday evening was an X-6. On Saturday, an X-1 and an X-2 erupted. Even an X-1 can cause severe disruptions.

The largest flare in modern times was recorded in November 2003 and was estimated to be an X-40. It was on the limb of the Sun and so its full impact was not felt on Earth.

Sunspot 798 is the cause of this series of solar flares which, may disrupt communications on Earth and cause Auroral displays for those of us at high northern latitudes for the next several days. (Sunspots are cooler and darker regions of pent-up magnetic activity).

The sunspot is just rotating into view, with its energy directed sideways and not directly at Earth. In coming days, any major flares erupting have the potential to cause radio blackouts, cell phone dropouts and other communications disruptions.

Solar flares send radiation to Earth in about 8 minutes. Hours later, clouds of charged particles can engulf the planet. If the magnetic field of a storm is oriented opposite to our planet's protective magnetic field, gaps are created and radiation leaks to the planet's surface

Watch for extreme weather to occur within the next 48 to 72 hours. This most likely will take the form of straight-line winds, micro-burst, wind shears, and tornadoes.

Equation: Sunspots => Solar Flares => Magnetic Field Shift => Shifting Ocean and Jet Stream Currents => Extreme Weather and Human Disruption

Links:

Spaceweather
SIDC
LASCO/SOHO Coronagraph
Farmer's Almanac
Moscow Neutron Monitor

04 September 2005

More Than Meets the Eye - Mars Space King & Nefertiti

Quote for the day

"We believe this compelling evidence proves Mars was once inhabited by an intelligent civilisation. This is a bombshell finding. This could be one of the most important discoveries in the history of human civilisation."
Astronaut, Scientist & Author
(1940 - )

Among the pictures we have been graced with from the many satellite shots beamed back to us from space, the Face on Mars and the Nefertiti Mars Face are two of the more intriguing shots for me.


It has been pointed out that one must consider the ‘Pareidolia’ phenomena, where vague images are interpreted by the brain as specific images. Been there – done that – still want to know more.

These pictures, among 65,000 taken in 1976 by the Viking 1 mission and more again in 1998 by the NASA craft the Mars Global Surveyor have been computer enhanced for viewing clarity.

NASA dismisses claims by Brian O’Leary an ex-Apollo scientist, Tom Van Flandern a former US Navy astronomer and Richard Hoagland former museum space science Curator & former NASA Consultant that the pictures show Mars was once inhabited.

Have a wander around the links here or do your own search and see what’s up in the cosmos today.

Links:

Solar System Live
Mars News
Cydonia's Mars & Mythology
Canada's UFOs
Mars Earth Connection

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