December 27, 2012 – RUSSIA – Earthquakes continue to plague a region near the Black Sea. Sochi is a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, situated on the Black Sea coast ,near the border between Georgia and Russia. Russia's President Vladimir Putin ordered the emergencies ministry to check the 2014 Olympic sites in the southern city of Sochi following a string of earthquakes, his spokesman said.
December 27, 2012 - MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan authorities say they've ordered the evacuation of some 300 families living on the flanks of the country's highest volcano after it began spewing hot gas and ash Tuesday. Some 1,500 farmers living on the slopes of the San Cristobal volcano refused to leave, despite being ordered to evacuate as the volcano spewed gas, sand and ash.
Sequencing an entire genome is still expensive and very specialized. Even consumer DNA testing, which is nowhere close to whole genome sequencing, requires a lot of cells. Most of the tests use scrape, swish, swab, or spit methods that acquire thousands of cells from your mouth. What if we could sequence an entire genome from a single cell, though? Not only would it make collecting the DNA easier, but it means previously unusable samples can now be sequenced.
Notwithstanding sundry doomsday predictions—from the Mayans to Nostradamus and the ever-impending threat of Armageddon—we can now say with some assurance that the world did not end in 2012. The Middle East, however, continues to fl irt with the apocalypse.
The revolutions, conflagrations, and confrontations now underway from the Sahara to the Hindu Kush are weakening national governments and calling into question borders that have lingered since European powers carved up the region after World War I. What is holding the map together now has more to do with fear than it does with hope, and if the old order fails, many in the Middle East suspect there may be no order left at all.
“The region has had a very strange respect for territorial lines and borders,” says Aaron David Miller at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. But those lines signified a “perverse stability,” Miller says. What kept people in line was tyranny. Some dictators may have been “acquiescent” in the eyes of the West, like Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, or “adversarial” like the Assads. But they “are going the way of the dodo,” says Miller. “I am not saying the region is headed for a catastrophic meltdown, but we are at one of those hinges of history when profound changes are taking place that we are singularly ill-equipped to understand.”
The epicenter of the most urgent crisis is Damascus. Former U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice recently warned that “the civil war in Syria may well be the last act in the story of the disintegration of the Middle East as we know it.” But the greater concern is that it will be the first. The mosaic of faiths and peoples inside Syria already has been shattered by the fighting. Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq are being sucked into the conflict as refugees flood across their borders and combatants exploit their territories. Full Story thedailybeast
North Korea now has an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of delivering a nuclear weapon to the United States, as demonstrated by their successful launch and orbiting of a satellite on Dec. 12. Certain poorly informed pundits among the chattering classes reassure us that North Korea is still years away from being able to miniaturize warheads for missile delivery, and from developing sufficiently accurate missiles to pose a serious nuclear threat to the United States.
Philip Yun, director of San Francisco’s Ploughshares Fund, a nuclear disarmament group, reportedly said, “The real threat from the launch was an overreaction that would lead to more defense spending on unnecessary systems. The sky is not falling. We shouldn’t be panicked.”
In fact, North Korea is a mortal nuclear threat to the United States— right now.
North Korea has already successfully tested and developed nuclear weapons. It has also already miniaturized nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery and has armed missiles with nuclear warheads. In 2011, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. General Ronald Burgess, testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee that North Korea has weaponized its nuclear devices into warheads for ballistic missiles.Full story Washington Times
Scientists recently warned of an alarming increase in the death rates of the largest living organisms on the planet, the giant, old trees that harbour and sustain countless birds and wildlife. New research conducted by universities in Australia and the United States reveals ecosystems worldwide are in danger of losing forever their largest and oldest trees unless there were policy changes to better protect them.
Professor David Lindenmayer from the Australian Fenner School of Environment and Society, says the threats these trees face are manifold and populations around the world are rapidly declining. Lindenmayer, the lead author of a study points that it’s a worldwide problem and appears to be happening in most types of forest. Lindenmayer, along with colleagues from the James Cook University in Australia and Washington University in America, undertook their study after examining Swedish forestry records going back to the 1860s. They found alarming losses of big trees, ranging from 100 to 300 years old, at all latitudes in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, South America, Latin America and Australia.
Mountain ash in Australia, pine trees in America, California redwoods, and baobabs in Tanzania are amongst badly affected. The study showed that forest fires destroys trees in large numbers, however, new findings show that trees were also perishing at 10 times the normal rate in non-fire years. A combination of rapid climate change causing drought and high temperatures, as well as rampant logging and agricultural land clearing are main cause for such situation.
The loss of the biggest living organisms on the planet, of the largest flowering plants on the planet, of organisms that play a key role in regulating and enriching our world is very serious issue. The study outlines the unique ecological roles large old trees play, roles that younger and smaller tress cannot fulfil. Large old trees play critical ecological roles, providing nesting or sheltering cavities for up to 30% of all birds and animals in some ecosystems. They also store huge amounts of carbon, recycle soil nutrients, create rich patches for other life to thrive in, and influence the flow of water within landscapes. Big trees supply abundant food for numerous animals in the form of fruits, flowers, foliage and nectar and their hollows offer nests and shelter for birds and animals, so their loss could mean extinction for such creatures.Full story Thewatchers
Above the sands belonging to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), fifty rainstorms have been manufactured by scientists using large ionizers to generate negatively charged particle fields. These structures promote cloud formation. Metro Systems International (MSI), the technology purveyors, claims to have “achieved a number of rainfalls.”
MSI scientists use ionizers to negatively charge electrons that naturally attract specks of dust in the atmosphere. Using convection, these particles are carried upward on air currents can become clouds at the right height. The electrons will attract water molecules from the air and condense them. With enough water collected, the “cloud” can create rain.
This privately owned Swiss corporation “s focused on providing a rain enhancement service to increase the supply of fresh water in arid regions of the world.” The globalist-controlled Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPM) was involved in the MSI experiments to create rain.
MPM attributes industrialization, rising need for more resources due to population growth and greenhouse emissions to the current state of our planet and seeks to use scientific methods to manipulate our atmosphere to create their desired effect – to alter the climate so that the variations created will change weather patterns worldwide. More Occupy Corporatism