RSOE EDIS – Emergency and Disaster Information Service

This is a very cool site…for those of you who like to keep up on what’s happening around the globe. I had no idea how many quakes are always going on around the world.


RSOE EDIS – Emergency and Disaster Information Service.

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Biblical scholar’s date for rapture: May 21, 2011 – SFGate

(This article is a year old, but it was worth a chuckle. You “2012er’s” out there are wasting your breath!)

Harold Camping lets out a hearty chuckle when he considers the people who believe the world will end in 2012.

“That date has not one stitch of biblical authority,” Camping says from the Oakland office where he runs Family Radio, an evangelical station that reaches listeners around the world. “It’s like a fairy tale.”

The real date for the end of times, he says, is in 2011.

The Mayans and the recent Hollywood movie “2012” have put the apocalypse in the popular mind this year, but Camping has been at this business for a long time. And while Armageddon is pop science or big-screen entertainment to many, Camping has followers from the Bay Area to China.

Camping, 88, has scrutinized the Bible for almost 70 years and says he has developed a mathematical system to interpret prophecies hidden within the Good Book. One night a few years ago, Camping, a civil engineer by trade, crunched the numbers and was stunned at what he’d found: The world will end May 21, 2011.

more (if you can take it)

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Astronomer at heart of evolution controversy settles suit against UK – The Courier-Journal

An astronomer and the University of Kentucky have settled his federal lawsuit alleging religious discrimination over his failure to get a job for which he had been the leading candidate until his views on Christianity and science came to light.

UK agreed to pay $125,000 to Martin Gaskell in the settlement, while not admitting to any wrongdoing.

Gaskell had applied in 2007 to be the founding director of a new observatory on the Lexington campus until his writings on evolution stirred debate among UK’s science professors. He alleged he lost the job over his religious beliefs — with one search committee member describing him as “fascinating” but “potentially evangelical” — while UK asserted that it was concerned about his commitment to science.


“Hiring an astronomer who says evolution is a flawed theory would be like hiring “a biologist who believed that the sun revolved around the Earth.”      – Science Professor involved in the proceedings

I cannot help but to weigh-in here.

This “Unnamed Professor” fails to consider that any hypothesis (such as evolution) must be falsifiable for it to be considered scientific. This means that there has to be a way to disprove it via repeatable experiment, if it isn’t true. If such experiments continually fail to disprove the hypothesis, it will eventually become accepted as a scientific theory. When people stop arguing about it, it becomes a scientific law. Einstein spent years waiting for an eclipse to prove his general theory of relativity. His theory included a formula that correctly matched the variation in the perihelion of the planet Mercury, thus providing further evidence that it was true. Furthermore, as the years went by, confirmation of the redshift prediction helped to solidify his theory into law.

Ergo, the “theory of evolution” still stands as exactly that…a theory.

Interesting video:

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Wisconsin farmer shocked to discover 200 dead cows; officials think cattle had deadly virus

By Nina Mandell
Sunday, January 16th 2011, 5:38 PM

The Portage County Humane Society is investigating what killed 200 cows.

First it was birds in Arkansas. Then it was fish in Maryland. And now authorities are trying to figure out what killed 200 cows in a pasture in Stockton, Wisc.

The owner of the cattle told sheriff’s deputies he suspects the cows died from a virus – most likely IBR (infectious bovine rhinotracheitis) or BVD (bovine virus diarrhea), which can cause respiratory and reproductive problems, the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune reported.

Samples of the dead animals were sent to Madison to be tested, but officials said other animals and people in the area will likely not be affected by whatever killed the cows. The Portage County Humane Society is handling the investigation, the newspaper said.

Attempts by local media to reach the unlucky farmer were unsuccessful.

The death of the cows is just the latest in mass animal deaths in the US.

Last week, an estimated 300 birds were found out the side of a highway in Alabama. Experts told WAAY-TV that a large vehicle, most likely a tractor trailer was responsible for the deaths.

The attention to large-scale animal deaths began on New Year’s Eve when thousands of black birds fell from the sky in Arkansas, prompting speculation about everything from mass poisoning to a sign of the apocalypse.

In reality, officials said, the bird deaths were probably a result of a change weather conditions.

“Not to worry,” Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson told the AP earlier this month. “These are not portents that the world is about to come to an end.

Wow!  I am so glad that Harvard biologist was there to tell us that everything is just fine.


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Mammoth could be reborn in four years

The woolly mammoth, extinct for thousands of years, could be brought back to life in as little as four years thanks to a breakthrough in cloning technology.

Previous efforts in the 1990s to recover nuclei in cells from the skin and muscle tissue from mammoths found in the Siberian permafrost failed because they had been too badly damaged by the extreme cold.


Excuse me! Did these guys ever watch Jurassic Park?

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Sundiving Comet Storm – NASA Science

“The storm began on Dec 13th and ended on the 22nd,” says Karl Battams of the Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC. “During that time, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) detected 25 comets diving into the sun. It was crazy!”

Sundiving comets—a.k.a. “sungrazers”—are nothing new. SOHO typically sees one every few days, plunging inward and disintegrating as solar heat sublimes its volatile ices. “But 25 comets in just ten days, that’s unprecedented,” says Battams.

“The comets were 10-meter class objects, about the size of a room or a house,” notes Matthew Knight of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. “As comets go, these are considered small.”



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Earth’s magnetic pole shift unleashing poisonous space clouds linked to mysterious bird deaths

Thought provoking and admittedly rather scary article:

Following the unexplained deaths of several thousand birds over the last two weeks, events are now emerging that may offer a physics-based explanation for the mysterious deaths. It all begins on a runway in Tampa, where airport officials recently closed that runway in order to change the numeric designators painted there. Why are those numeric designators being changed? Because the Earth’s magnetic poles are shifting and the numbers previously painted on the runway no longer match up with the magnetic measurements of sensitive airplane instruments…


and just in case you have no clue about what they are talking about:

Mystery of mass animal death epidemic deepens after 8,000 turtle doves fall dead in Italy

Thousands Of Birds Die Mysteriously In Turkey

New Years Omen? Thousands Of black birds fall from the sky in Arkansas

New mass death of birds in Sweden

Mass Louisiana bird deaths puzzle investigators.

and it’s happening to the fish?
2 million fish found dead in Maryland

Dead fish cover 20-miles of Arkansas River.

40,000 crabs join slew of animal-death mysteries.

and most people know how bumble bees and I never did get along, but I won’t kill them on purpose any more:

US sees massive drop in bumble bees: study.

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