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12 February, 2017

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Marc Dion: Donald Trump's Ghost Dance (Creators Syndicate)
If you danced the Ghost Dance, Trump said, the black people would go away and the factories would return. Also, the Muslims would go away, and most of the Mexicans and the gays. Things would be the way they once were, back when things made sense.

CAMERON NORSWORTHY: 6 Jeff Sessions Quotes About Race That Reveal What Looks Like Deep-Seated Prejudice (Romper)
Jeff Sessions quotes about race show that he harbors deep prejudices that have interfered with his ability to do his job in the past: Sessions was denied a federal judge position in 1986 after a series of hearings found him too questionable a candidate.

ERIC LICHTBLAU: Jeff Sessions, as Attorney General, Could Overhaul Department He's Skewered (NY Times)
If he is confirmed [and he was], Mr. Sessions, who is considered one of the most conservative members of the Senate, will most likely push for wholesale changes and hard-line stances on immigration, terrorism, crime, drugs and guns. Democrats fear he could wipe away progress in civil rights, changes in sentencing and police accountability.

ALEX ISENSTADT, KENNETH P. VOGEL and JOSH DAWSEY: Trump vexed by challenges, scale of government (Politico)
The new president's allies say he has been surprised that government can't be run like his business.

Tierney Sneed: Insurer Scores A $200M Court Win After GOP Move To Block O'Care Payments (TPM)
"Refusing to pay is a shabby way to treat insurers, which entered the exchanges in reliance on the federal government's promises," Bagley wrote at the blog, Incidental Economist. "Our president, however, has a track record of stiffing business partners. I wouldn't be surprised if he signed a law doing just that."

Frankie Boyle: "Donald Trump: a man so obnoxious that karma may see him reincarnated as himself" (The Guardian)
All presidents come into office with something to prove, it's just rarely their sanity. Comedian Frankie Boyle asks if the answer to stopping him rests in our hands.

Steven Johnson: Is it wrong to laugh at Donald Trump? (The Guardian)
Make no mistake, these are dark times. But it makes sense that we should find ourselves reaching for punchlines when we want to throw punches.

Susan Estrich: Truth or Consequences (Creators Syndicate)
This is what is bad: It is bad to have a president who does not know or care about the difference between what is true and what is not true. There are unknowns; there are relative differences; there are differences of opinion. But there is such a thing as the truth. There is such a thing as a fact. There is also such a thing as a lie.

Froma Harrop: Is Trump Really Running Things? (Creators Syndicate)
John R. Schindler, a former National Security Agency analyst and counterintelligence officer, is no one's idea of a liberal. But Trump's weird behavior on the national security stage has Schindler calling on Congress to do its job and get Trump out of office. "Our mission now is to put White House back in the hands of sane people," Schindler tweeted. "This is not about R or D, but don't destroy the planet w yr Twitter."

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Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poramenthra Maha Mongkut Phra Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua, or Rama IV, known in English-speaking countries as King Mongkut ruled Siam from 1851 to 1868. Why is he known outside Thailand?

       "The King & I" (Anna & The King Of Siam)                                                      Source

Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poramenthra Maha Mongkut Phra Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua, or Rama IV, known in English-speaking countries as King Mongkut (18 October 1804 - 1 October 1868), was the fourth monarch of Siam (Thailand) under the House of Chakri, ruling from 1851 to 1868.

Outside Thailand, he is best known as the King in the 1951 musical and 1956 film The King and I, based on the 1946 film Anna and the King of Siam - in turn based on a 1944 novel by an American missionary about Anna Leonowens' years at his court, from 1862 to 1867.        Source

Randall was first and correct with:
   The King and I
  You know that old movie with Debra Kerr and Yul Brynner?
  Yeah... well HE's the King!

Mark. wrote:
   King Mongkut? Of Siam? If he looked anything like Yul Brynner then he must be the king in The King and I.

Alan J replied:
   He was the King from "The King and I".

Adam answered:
   I'm guessing he was the King in Rogers & Hammerstein's 'The King and I'.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Michelle said:
   He was the King in The King and I.

Billy in Cypress wrote:
   That would be the movie musical "The King and I" with Yul Brynner based on the novel "Anna and the King of Siam". While the title character is a conceited monarch, he is merely a fairy tale king compared to the all to real "Ill Douche the Ogre" conceived, written and performed by DJT.

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Yul Brynner."

Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
   He was the King of Siam upon whom the story of Anna and the King (book) and the King and I (play and movie) is based.

Deborah responded:
   That's got to be the King from "The King and I". Otherwise I don't know.
  Full sun, no clouds, a balmy 65*. The hills are emerald, the almond trees are beginning to flower, and I harvested 2 types of lettuce and a wasabi arugula - first harvest from this season't garden. Finally!
  Hope you dry out and warm up soon.

BttbBob   answered:
What comes to mind is that he is the king in 'Anna and the King of Siam' aka 'The King and I'... (pause to check) ... Yep, that's him.


  Welcome back, Dale - your subtlety has been missed...


  Memo to Rosie: Nice look... Seriously... (Yer not related to that guy, are ya?)

  ... but, I still think that Mr. Walken would bring a sinister comedic gravitas to that role which could bring the house down... Just my opinion, mind you now.
  If you get it, though, give it yer all and nail it... Break a leg.


  Just how wimpy is this winter in Michigan? |

  Very wimpy... I've only had to use my new snowblower twice, so far... but, I'm still glad that I bought it. It's big and powerful and red and shiny... I like looking at it, lurking there in my garage, as it is, just-a waitin'... It's mean, it is...
  I call it 'The Snowminator'... Yeah, that's lame, but so what... Huh? What?


  I've decided that our national situation, right now, is like a carnival ride - just a-rollin' and a-spinnin' and twistin' all about... and we can't get off. (apologies, up-front, if that gives you nightmares...)


  February 12 Birthdays - Celebrities Born February 12 | Famous Birthdays

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

mj took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

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Damage to Oroville Dam spillway worsens - could cost $100 million - SFGate

Robot bees could pollinate crops in the event of insect extinction - SFGate

Army veterans return to Standing Rock to form a human shield against police | US news | The Guardian

Margaret Atwood: Handmaid's Tale sales boosted by fear of Trump | Books | The Guardian

Oh, how I loved you, Johnny Depp. Now I see the purple-tinted truth | Film | The Guardian

Climate Crisis: North Pole Temp is 50 F Above Normal & Arctic Sea Ice Volume is Collapsing

Trump's agenda hits the skids as showdown looms with Congress

Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Persistence FRIDAY!
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Breaking: Trump Employing Food Tasters!

Bannon Wants A War And He Will Use Jesus To Get One | The Huffington Post

Saving The Planet, One Burger At A Time: This Juicy Patty Is Meat-Free : The Salt : NPR

50 Years Later, The Biting Satire Of 'The Smothers Brothers' Still Resonates : NPR

Fantastic beefs and where to find them: JK Rowling at war with Piers Morgan | Media | The Guardian

'Vanguard of opposition': SNL adds Spicer to satire's resurgence under Trump | Television & radio | The Guardian

Paul Krugman Issues A Warning About What We All Know Is Coming.

Lake Oroville surges over emergency spillway for first time in history

Website for disabled kids disappears as DeVos takes office - SFGate

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Cynthia shared the link. Hysterically funny if frighteningly possible.

This 'Border Patrol' Parody Is Funny And Possibly Frightening | The Huffington Post

I vote she should personally buy pencils for every teacher in the entire nation!

Betsy DeVos' First Day on the Job: They Don't Give Teachers Pencils Anymore | Alternet

3 Lumpy cartoons--for someone who doesn't like being taunted, he keeps giving critics lots of fodder for their taunts.

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Trump's Staff Sure Seems Eager to Tell the World He's an Imbecile | Mother Jones

Donald Trump Is the Greatest Threat to American Democracy in Our Lifetime | The Nation

Eye of the Stormer | Southern Poverty Law Center

Donald Trump: President Uses Fear in Rhetoric |

Chilling & Sad: The Functional Illiteracy (VIDEO) of our 45th President; the Shame of GOP…

President Trump to Judges: Drop Dead - The Daily Beast

Bannon flies close to the sun | TheHill

#Milosexual and the Aesthetics of Fascism | Boston Review

New wave of anti-evolution bills hit states | TheHill

Donald Trump Reportedly Called Mike Flynn at 3 A.M. for Economic Advice | Vanity Fair

President Steve Bannon is starting to get on Donald Trump's nerves. | New Republic

Donald Trump and his family are the true welfare queens of America -

CBS News: Trump is 'divorced from reality,' saying things that are 'imaginary or fabricated' -

MAD Magazine Unleashes One Of The Most Accurate Trump Parodies To Date | The Huffington Post

One Type Of Terrorism Really Is Underreported -- Right-Wing Terrorism -

President Trump Says All Negative Polls About Him Are Fake -

Alternative Right | Southern Poverty Law Center

Andrew Sullivan: The Madness of King Donald

And Then the Breitbart Lynch Mob Came for Me -

Bombshell Report Suggests Trump's National Security Adviser Is Dishonest and a Threat to US Policy | Mother Jones

Newspaper uses photo of Alec Baldwin on 'SNL' instead of Trump | TheHill

Caving on "One China" shows that Trump is a terrible deal-maker. -

Paul Krugman Issues A Warning About What We All Know Is Coming. -

Trump tweet illustrates the danger of not reading, just watching Morning Joe instead -

The Underpinnings Of Trump's Approval Rating - Election Tracking Blog

Steve Bannon Cited Italian Thinker Who Inspired Fascists - The New York Times

Sen. Al Franken leads bipartisan movement to find out what happened in Yemen raid -

What is the NRx (Neoreaction) Movement? - The Atlantic

WATCH: Bill Maher and Jim Jefferies tell Piers Morgan to "f-off" over use of alternative facts -



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Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





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Last Night

More rain.

Tonight, Sunday:

CBS fills the night with LIVE 'The 59th Annual Grammy Awards'.

NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by the movie 'Fast & Furious 6'.

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by the movie 'The Blind Side'.

The CW offers an old 'Person Of Interest', followed by an old 'Elementary', then 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.

Faux has a RERUN 'Son Of Zorn', followed by a RERUN 'The Simpsons', then a FRESH 'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH 'Son Of Zorn', then a FRESH 'Family Guy', followed by a FRESH 'Bob's Burgers'.

MY has an old 'Anger Management', followed by another old 'Anger Management', then an old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by another old 'Big Bang Theory', then still another old 'Big Bang Theory'.

A&E has 'Escaping Polygamy', another 'Escaping Polygamy', followed by a FRESH 'Hoarders: Overload', and 'Hoarders'.

AMC offers 'The Walking Dead', another 'The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH 'The Walking Dead', then a FRESH 'Talking Dead'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Oceans - Into the Blue
 [7:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Arctic - Life in the Deep Freeze
 [8:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Jungles - People of the Trees
 [9:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Mountains - Life in Thin Air
 [10:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Grasslands - Roots of Power
 [11:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Rivers - Friend and Foe
 [12:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Cities - Surviving the Urban Jungle
 [1:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Oceans - Into the Blue
 [2:00PM]    BLACK HAWK DOWN (2001)
 [5:00PM]    THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (1990)
 [10:30PM]    THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (1990)
 [1:30AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Arctic - Life in the Deep Freeze
 [2:30AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Jungles - People of the Trees
 [3:30AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Mountains - Life in Thin Air
 [4:30AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Grasslands - Roots of Power

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH 'First Family Of Hip Hop', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', another 'South Park', followed by the movie '50 First Dates', then the movie 'The Wedding Singer'.

FX has the movie 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction', followed by the movie 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'.

History has 'American Pickers', 'Roots' (part 1), and 'Roots' (part 2).

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 [6:00PM]    YOU'RE NEXT
 [8:00PM]    ALEX CROSS
 [10:15PM]    YOU'RE NEXT
 [12:15AM]    TRAINING DAY
 [3:00AM]    ALEX CROSS
 [5:15AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Kathryn Hahn
 [5:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Friend Replacement    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [8:00AM]    Christine
 [10:00AM]    Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Writers
 [11:00AM]    Jeremiah Johnson
 [1:30PM]    Hondo
 [3:30PM]    Joe Kidd
 [5:30PM]    Pale Rider
 [8:00PM]    The Quick and the Dead
 [10:30PM]    Joe Kidd
 [12:30AM]    Pale Rider
 [3:00AM]    Jeremiah Johnson
 [5:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Taking the Fifth    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Underworld', followed by the movie 'Underworld: Evolution'.

 [6:00 AM]      The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter (1968)
 [8:30 AM]      The Heiress (1949)
 [10:30 AM]      lHigh Society (1956)
 [12:30 PM]      Hold Back the Dawn (1941)
 [2:45 PM]      Honeysuckle Rose (1980)
 [5:00 PM]      How the West Was Won (1962)
 [8:00 PM]      How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
 [9:45 PM]      The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
 [11:45 PM]      I Married A Witch (1942)
 [1:15 AM]      I Remember Mama (1948)
 [3:45 AM]      I Vitelloni (1953)
 [5:45 AM]      Ice Station Zebra (1968)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Monday   -  02/13/17

 [8:45 AM]      I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
 [10:45 AM]      Imitation of Life (1934)
 [12:45 PM]      Imitation of Life (1959)
 [3:00 PM]      In the Heat of the Night (1967)
 [5:00 PM]      Indiscretion Of An American Wife (1954)
 [6:15 PM]      The Informer (1935)
 [8:00 PM]      Inherit the Wind (1960)
 [10:15 PM]      Jaws (1975)
 [12:30 AM]      Key Largo (1948)
 [2:30 AM]      Kind Lady (1951)
 [4:00 AM]      Kings Row (1942)   [WARNING: stars Ronald Reagan]     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Singer Stevie Nicks (L) and Tom Petty perform onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Tom Petty at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 10, 2017
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Grammy Gala

Tom Petty

Tom Petty declared himself a willing part of the subversive "conspiracy" of rock and roll as he was honored in a star-studded bash ahead of the Grammy Awards.

A-listers including Stevie Nicks and Foo Fighters interpreted Petty's songs Friday night at MusiCares, an annual concert that celebrates an artist's contributions and raises money for musicians in need.

The 66-year-old rocker reunited his backup band The Heartbreakers for the show as they jammed out "Don't Come Around Here No More" and "Runnin' Down a Dream."

In a speech to the gala, which takes place ahead of Sunday's Grammys, Petty delved into the history of rock 'n roll, a term credited to the DJ Alan Freed.

"The music became popular and it empowered the youth of America and the government got very nervous -- especially the Republicans," Petty said to laughter from the crowd at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Tom Petty


A Hungarian geologist of the Novohrad-Nograd Geopark, the world's first transboundary geopark of Hungary and Slovakia, examines the wall of a tunnel leading to the cooling lake of a former heat and power plant in Salgotarjan, 109 kilometers northeast of Budapest, Hungary, Feb. 11, 2017.
Photo by Peter Komka


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'Cycling Girls'


Her name is Marina Jaber but to many she is "the girl on the bike", a young Baghdad artist inspiring Iraqi women to exercise their rights one pedal at a time.

In Iraq's conservative society, the young woman cuts an unusual figure when she rides her red bicycle in the streets of the capital, her long black hair swaying in the wind.

What started off as an art project became a social media meme and then a civil society movement. A group of women now gathers regularly to cycle in Baghdad and break new ground.

"My mother and my grandmother used to ride bicycles. It used to be normal," Jaber told AFP.



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Turkish Novelist Won't Stay Silent

Asli Erdogan

Internationally acclaimed Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan is still haunted by "the shadow of prison" where she spent over four months, fearing it could begin again any time.

But the writer insists she will not stay silent, refusing to leave Turkey for a comfortable exile elsewhere.

Erdogan, 49, was released from jail in December after being held for 132 days on terror propaganda charges during a probe into the now-closed Ozgur Gundem newspaper, which Ankara condemned as a mouthpiece for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Her detention sparked an international outcry, with critics saying freedom of expression had been drastically curtailed in Turkey following the crackdown in the wake of last July's failed coup which sought to unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Although the court ordered her release, the charges remain in place, with her next hearing due on March 14. If convicted, she could still face life imprisonment.

Asli Erdogan


A surfer drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte in Nazare, Portugal, FFeb. 11, 2017.
Photo by Rafael Marchante


2,000-Year-Old Maya Superhighway Discovered in the Jungle of Guatemala | Ancient Origins


Weather, Deforestation Curb Migration

Monarch Butterflys

More than 27 percent fewer monarch butterflies migrated to Mexican forests during the 2016/2017 season, a study showed on Thursday, fueling concerns the orange-and-black insect could face growing threats from weather and deforestation.

During the second half of December 2016, monarch butterflies covered 2.91 hectares (7.2 acres) of fir and pine forests in the central states of Michoacan and Mexico, compared with 4.01 hectares (9.9 acres) in the same period in the previous year, the study said.

Led by the World Wildlife Fund, Mexico's National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), and others, the study cited fewer mating sites, extreme weather and deforestation as threats to the migration of the monarch butterfly.

Monarch density in Mexico reached a record low during the 2013/2014 season, when the butterfly occupied just 0.67 hectares (1.6 acres) of the forests, the study noted.

While their numbers have rebounded in recent years since, they are still well below what they were two decades ago.

Monarch Butterflys


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(Secretly) Run The World


When you browse online for a new pair of shoes, pick a movie to stream on Netflix or apply for a car loan, an algorithm likely has its word to say on the outcome.

The complex mathematical formulas are playing a growing role in all walks of life: from detecting skin cancers to suggesting new Facebook friends, deciding who gets a job, how police resources are deployed, who gets insurance at what cost, or who is on a "no fly" list.

Algorithms are being used -- experimentally -- to write news articles from raw data, while Donald Trump's presidential campaign was helped by behavioral marketers who used an algorithm to locate the highest concentrations of "persuadable voters."

But while such automated tools can inject a measure of objectivity into erstwhile subjective decisions, fears are rising over the lack of transparency algorithms can entail, with pressure growing to apply standards of ethics or "accountability."

Data scientist Cathy O'Neil cautions about "blindly trusting" formulas to determine a fair outcome.



People release sky lanterns during the annual Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, in Pingxi, New Taipei City, Taiwan, Feb. 11, 2017.
Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo


Flying Cretaceous Monster Ate Dinosaurs For Breakfast


WWII Bomb Defused


Greek authorities on Saturday began evacuating some 70,000 people in the city of Thessaloniki ahead of an operation to defuse a bomb from World War II.

The bomb, containing nearly 250 kilograms (550 pounds) of explosives, was unearthed in the northern city during road works last week and is due to be defused on Sunday.

More than 300 disabled people and bedbound patients were set to be the first evacuated on Saturday using 20 ambulances, authorities from Greece's second city said.

The full evacuation of all residents within a 1.9-kilometre (1.1-mile) radius of the bomb site, affecting three working-class neighbourhoods around west of the city-centre, is due to be completed before 0800 GMT on Sunday.

The operation is unprecedented in Greece, "where a bomb of this size has never been found in an area this densely populated," Tzitzikostas added.



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Elephant Habitats Shrink


Wildlife activists say human encroachment in the forests of northeast India have forced elephants out of their natural habitats, triggering conflicts with locals.

Conservationists have urged the government to prevent encroachments and free corridors that are used by elephants to move across forests in search of food. In recent years, there have been many incidents where wild elephants have entered villages, destroyed crops and even killed people.

Forest official D.D. Gogoi said Friday that in the latest incident, forest guards had to set fire to wild grass to drive back three wild elephants that came out of the Amchang Reserve forest in Assam state.

Villagers pelted elephants with stones but were chased away by the animals until forests guards came to their rescue.

"It's an alarming situation. The elephants rampage through villages in search of food as their habitats are being overtaken by people," said Mubina Akhtar, a wildlife conservationist. "The government has to order the clearance of the elephant corridors."



A participants wearing colorful costume takes part in the flowers parade of the Carnival of Nice, France, Feb. 11, 2017.
Photo by Sebastien Nogier


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Could Act As Pollinators

Insect-Sized Drones

Small drones coated with horsehair and a sticky gel could one day help pollinate crops and help offset the costly loss of bee populations worldwide, researchers in Japan said Thursday.

The miniature robots described in the journal Chem are a long way from being deployed in the field, but researchers say they may offer a partial solution to the loss of bees due to disease and climate change.

"The findings, which will have applications for agriculture and robotics, among others, could lead to the development of artificial pollinators and help counter the problems caused by declining honeybee populations," said lead author Eijiro Miyako, a chemist at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Nanomaterials Research Institute.

In 2007, Miyako began experimenting with liquids that could be used as electrical conductors.

One failed attempt produced a sticky gel, like hair wax, which he relegated to a storage cabinet for almost a decade.

Insect-Sized Drones


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NASA Studying Islands' Volcanoes & Reefs


Whether it's the noxious gases rising from the Kilauea volcano, or the lively coral reefs that sprawl across the seafloor around the island chain, Hawaii's ecosystems are under some serious scientific scrutiny this month.

Researchers are here gathering data using NASA's high-altitude airplanes, outfitted with cameras that capture visible light as well as infrared radiation. One airplane, the ER-2, can soar to 67,000 feet, or "the edge of space," as NASA systems engineer Michael Mercury put it. From that height, on daily flights over the islands, the cameras snap images that the scientists then stitch together and analyze, Mercury said, explaining the project at a media briefing that the space agency held here on Wednesday (Feb. 8).

The goal of this current work in Hawaii is to find the best ways to use these measurements to gain new insights into volcanic activity and coral reef health. For example, scientists studying Hawaii's active volcano are trying to refine their models that predict exactly how and when the "vog," or volcanic smog that forms from Kilauea's gases, will blanket Hawaiian cities instead of blowing out over the Pacific. Other researchers, who study coral reef ecosystems, are using the images from the high-altitude flights to better understand what aspects of water quality make the difference between a thriving reef and one that is overgrown with algae.

But there is a larger goal, too. NASA has plans to launch an Earth-observing satellite into low-Earth orbit in 2022. That project, called the HyspIRI mission (or Hyperspectral Infrared Imager), will provide researchers with images of Earth's surface that are similar to those being gathered now in Hawaii, and from ecosystems all over the world.

The current project in Hawaii will help the researchers to figure out exactly which instruments and equipment are most useful for their work, and should be the ones that are loaded up onto that satellite.



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Prime, a Rottweiler who works as a service dog, is seen during the meet the breeds companion event to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Feb. 11, 2017, in New York.
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