Post by WingsofCrystal on Apr 6, 2018 13:32:46 GMT
More Than 50 New ‘Nazca Lines’ Discovered in Peruvian Desert
by Greg Friday, April 6th
The Nazca Lines of Peru are world-famous as an ancient marvel (not least due to their central place in ‘ancient astronaut’ theories) – large ‘drawings’ made on the dry desert landscape by moving rocks to expose the ground beneath; so large that they are often only visible as a complete picture by viewing from above.
And now Peruvian archaeologists have announced that they have found more than 50 new ‘geoglyphs’ – not at Nazca though, but in adjacent Palpa province – after being tipped off to possible sites of significance by armchair ‘space archaeologists’.
Thank You BJ Crystal Swamp..and The House Cat Purr...You all Moved fast on That...I love the options Here! There comes a time for all pet owners to take a stand..Irrespective of nationality Just when the Skripal Case was hitting rockbottom as an event which took place..It has collapsed straight past ground level..somebody died alright..of hunger and thirst www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/sergey-skripals-cat-guinea-pigs-12311861
A cat and two guinea pigs owned by Sergei Skripal have died, after being found malnourished inside the poisoned ex-spy's sealed-up home.
Vets found Nash Van Drake, the black Persian cat owned by Mr Skripal, in a "distressed state" in Skripal's Salisbury home.
The Government last night confirmed the cat was taken to the Porton Down chemical weapons lab for testing, but was in so much pain, the decision was taken to have him put down.
Mr Skripal’s two guinea pigs were also found in the house, but had died of thirst. (Image: Facebook) Read More
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Nash Van Drake’s body, and those of the two guinea pigs, were immediately incinerated, over fears they may have been contaminated with the deadly novichok nerve agent.
A Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spokesperson said: “The property in Wiltshire was sealed as part of the police investigation.
“When a vet was able to access the property, two guinea pigs had sadly died.
"A cat was also found in a distressed state and a decision was taken by a veterinary surgeon to euthanise the animal to alleviate its suffering.
"This decision was taken in the best interests of the animal and its welfare.”
It came after Skripal’s neice, Viktoria, demanded answers from the government over what happened to the pets.
Viktoria, 45, says she hopes to travel to the UK soon to see the seriously ill 66-year-old and his daughter Yulia, who were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury on March 4. Click to play Footage shows police and a forensic tent outside Sergei Skripal's quiet home (Image: east2west news) Read More
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Viktoria stressed claims the pair were hit with a lethal nerve agent, known as Novichok , while at his home in Wiltshire are untrue because no reports have mentioned the deaths of his two cats and two guinea pigs.
Police investigating the attack, which has sparked a major row between Britain and Russia, say the highest concentration of the chemical was found on the front door, suggesting it was likely the duo were poisoned at home.
But Viktoria has dismissed the assertion as "nonsense". Click to play Exclusive translation : Salisbury poisoning victim Yulia Skripal breaks silence to Russian TV (Image: east2west news) Read More
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She said: "First of all, it is not possible to go close (to the house).
“Secondly, if they were poisoned there, what happened to the animals?
Last Edit: Apr 6, 2018 21:46:29 GMT by Deleted: glad to be here
OK I'm viewing Nazca uh.. Palpa Geoglyphs, listening to Prince goin currazzy-Y-Y-Y-eeehh, Swamp, Sysconfig posting, Crystal adding 'Stuff' (or the other thing?), poured meself a nice spot of babybubbling Vinho Verde knowing B J (+ZETAR & friends) are discreetly building the site: this must be cat heaven...
Let us be sure that those who come after will say of us in our time, that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race; we kept them free; we kept the faith.
Happy Friday from the kinesin protein walking on microtubule. (An animation extracted from The Inner Life of a Cell by Cellular Visions.) Here's an explanation of what's happening from Stanford University. ‘Walking’ proteins need to rock and roll, study finds Research may shed light on variety of human ailments, including neurodegenerative diseases BY MARK SHWARTZ The inside of a living cell has been compared to a train station at rush hour, with enzymes, chromosomes and other internal components constantly being shuttled along tiny fibrous tracks called microtubules. Unlike a congested city commute, cellular traffic is efficient and highly regulated -- thanks in part to a group of proteins known as motor molecules that use microtubules to haul vital cargo through the cell. In 1985, biologists identified a molecular motor called kinesin that has turned out to be responsible for a variety of critical hauling jobs, such as separating chromosomes during cell division and ferrying neurotransmitters inside nerve cells. Studies have shown that while one end of a kinesin molecule holds onto its cargo, the other end uses a remarkable two-headed structure to grab the microtubule and pull the cargo forward -- a process called "kinesin walking" (see web animations at www.scripps.edu/milligan/projects and mc11.mcri.ac.uk/wrongtrousers.html ). Researchers are interested in unraveling the mystery of how kinesins walk along microtubules, and whether defective walking contributes to a variety of human ailments -- including spontaneous abortion, tumor growth, infertility and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and retinitis pigmentosa. A study featured on the cover of the June issue of the journal Nature Structural Biology adds an important piece to the puzzle. "There is a lot of interest in kinesin and how it works as a motor," says Stanford chemistry Professor W. E. Moerner, co-author of the June study. "Measurements have been made of the forces kinesin produces as it walks, but we'd like to know how it is oriented when it moves as well." Head over head Kinesin walking is controlled by the breakdown of ATP --- a molecule that provides energy for all cellular activity in the body. From different lines of evidence, scientists have proposed a model in which chemical changes in ATP cause kinesin to alternately bind each of its two heads to a microtubule. This "head-over-head" leapfrogging action propels kinesin forward, much as a child moves along a horizontal rope by alternately placing one hand in front of the other. Unlike kids on a playground, kinesin activity is measured in nanometers. One nanometer is one-billionth of a meter -- or about 50,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. Stanford biophysicist Steven Block recently discovered that kinesin heads walk in steps that are exactly 8 nanometers apart. But X-ray crystal analysis of kinesin shows that its two heads are separated by only 5 nanometers of space. So where do the additional 3 nanometers come from that are necessary to complete an 8-nanometer step? To solve the puzzle, Moerner and his colleagues used a novel technique that allowed them to observe the movement of a single kinesin molecule -- an object only one ten-millionth of an inch long. "We use a fluorescing label molecule -- or fluorophore -- to measure orientation," says Moerner. "The fluorophore, which is bound to the kinesin head with two chemical bonds, absorbs and emits light in a special pattern as the head turns." By measuring different levels of brightness and darkness, Moerner and his co-workers were able to determine the orientation of the head in relation to a microtubule in the presence of the different chemical forms of ATP. The results were surprising. "If the head were rigidly attached to a microtubule, we'd expect to see a light-dark-light-dark fluorescent pattern," notes Moerner. "But what if the head is rocking around? Then all of the images would have equal brightness. That's what we observed: With one of the forms of ATP, kinesin rocks!" Wobbling Moerner and his team offer one possible explanation of how a single, 8-nanometer step of kinesin might occur: First, a molecule of ATP binds with Head 1, causing the head to become firmly attached to the microtubule. Head 2 then leapfrogs over Head 1 by the maximum allowable distance of 5 nanometers, but instead of becoming rigidly fixed, Head 2 rocks back and forth on the surface of the microtubule. The breakdown of ATP then causes Head 1 to wobble uncontrollably, giving Head 2 just enough slack to roll forward an additional 3 nanometers. At that point, Head 2 becomes firmly bound to the microtubule, while Head 1 leapfrogs another step forward. Each 8-nanometer step takes only about 10 milliseconds to complete, says Moerner, noting that the alternating rigid and wobbly states of the two heads could allow kinesin to complete a typical 1,000-nanometer walk in a few seconds before separating from the microtubule. He points out that some kinesins work in teams in order to transport their cargo very long distances. "There are some nerve cells that extend from the spine to the foot," Moerner observes. "It takes one or two days for kinesins to carry vesicle containers loaded with neurotransmitters from end to end via microtubules embedded in the nerve." He compares the movement to a relay race in which kinesin molecules hand off vesicles to one another all the way down the nerve axon, thus guaranteeing a constant supply of neurotransmitters at the synapse located in the foot. "We don't know all of the implications of our findings," Moerner points out. "In the future, we hope to observe the orientation of kinesin as it takes multiple steps. That's one of the virtues of single-molecule measurements: You can look at biological systems in a native environment, and thus see movement rather than a static structure." In addition to Moerner, the other co-authors of the June Nature Structural Biology study are Hernando Sosa of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Erwin J. G. Peterman, a former chemistry postdoctoral fellow at Stanford now at the Free University in the Netherlands; and Lawrence S. B. Goldstein of the University of California-San Diego and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
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Post by WingsofCrystal on Apr 7, 2018 12:47:54 GMT
The Day Americans Drank Breweries Dry
Eight months before Prohibition officially ended, the country celebrated “New Beer’s Eve.”
by Daniel Crown April 06, 2018
Like so many of his peers in the hospitality industry, Paul Lake, the manager of Baltimore’s Rennert Hotel, spent the early weeks of March 1933 glued to his local newspaper stand. In the months leading up to then, reports out of Washington D.C. had suggested politicians were flirting with a repeal of the 18th Amendment. While the wholesale abolishment of Prohibition would take months—if not years—to wriggle its way through the United States Congress, rumor had it legislators were considering a bill that would immediately legalize certain beers and wines. Lake could only imagine how such a law might increase profit margins in his hotel restaurant.
On March 22, 1933, the bill passed. Known as the Cullen-Harrison Act, it only decriminalized beverages below 3.2 percent alcohol by weight. Still, this detracted little from what would later become known unofficially as “New Beer’s Eve.” After 13 long years, alcohol would once again flow in Lake’s hotel starting on April 7, at 12:01 a.m.
Lake didn’t scrimp on pomp and circumstance. To tend bar that night, he re-hired the last two bartenders to work at the Rennert before Prohibition. He installed a brand-new countertop on his bar, and, hoping to attract Baltimore’s press, he shrewdly invited the city’s most famous living writer: H.L. Mencken. Renowned for his polemics against puritanical America, Mencken was also a notorious beer enthusiast. “There is nothing I would like better than to personally hand you the first glass of beer at the reopening,” Lake wrote to Mencken on March 31—to which the writer promptly responded, “Needless to say, I will be delighted.”
When April 6 finally came, Lake ensured his delivery men were among the first in line at the Baltimore Brewery, which had promised to wheel out kegs at midnight. A hotel employee soon returned with a fresh barrel, and Lake ordered his bartenders to tap the keg. The dense crowd initially groaned as a stream of murky water rushed out. “But presently,” the Baltimore Sun gushed, “the milky brew rushed forth, eager, gurgling, foaming and spattering in its excitement.”
At 12:29, the bartenders passed their first successful pour to Lake, who then handed it to Mencken. The writer accepted it with a smile, cocked his drinking elbow, and took a dramatic pose.