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Dealing with a dolphin’s urges: “It was very precious, gentle”

Daily Mirror: A woman who had sex with a dolphin as part of a scientific study has spoken out for the first time.

During the swinging 60s, animal researcher Margaret Howe Lovatt was part of a Nasa-funded experiment on the US Virgin Islands to teach the intelligent sea creatures how to speak English.

In 1963 she helped turn a house into a domestic dolphinarium by flooding it with knee-deep water, where researchers could study the animals from their home.

It was there she met Peter, an adolescent dolphin she described as ‘sexually coming of age‘. As the two bonded, their relationship soon progressed to a more physical level.

Margaret said: “Peter liked to be… with me. He would rub himself on my knee, my foot or my hand and I allowed that. I wasn’t uncomfortable – as long as it wasn’t too rough. In the beginning I would put him on the elevator and say you go play with the girls for a day.”

It was just easier to incorporate that and let it happen, it was very precious and very gentle, Peter was right there, he knew that I was right there.”

Margaret claims this became a regular part of her studies, as she tried to teach Peter to speak English. She added: “It was sexual on his part – it was not sexual on mine, sensuous perhaps. It would just become part of what was going on like an itch, just get rid of that we’ll scratch and we would be done and move on. I was there to get to know Peter, that was part of Peter.”

But what started with Sixties idealism would spiral into the darkness of the decade. The experiment would end in tragedy, and for years after there would be rumours of the dolphins suffering drug abuse with LSD tests and scandal over the nature of Margaret’s relationship with Peter.

Margaret said: “I’ve had a good bunch of letters from people asking if they could interview me, but I’ve not done any of it.”

A new BBC documentary The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins will be screened at the Sheffield Documentary Festival on Wednesday, June 11, before making its way to BBC4 on Tuesday, June 17.

DCG

And In The ‘That’s Reassuring Department’ We Have This….

Kinda gives you the warm and fuzzies …Doesn’t it?

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Nasa‘s advice on asteroid hitting Earth: pray

By Reuters in Cape Canaveral, Florida, edited by Sarah Titterton2:01PM GMT 20 Mar 2013

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Charles Bolden, the chief of the Nasa, has warned that the US space agency’s best advice on how to handle a large asteroid heading towards New York City is “pray”.

Nasa has found and is tracking about 95 percent of the largest objects flying near Earth, those that are .62 miles (1 km) or larger in diameter Photo: Alamy
By Reuters in Cape Canaveral, Florida, edited by Sarah Titterton2:01PM GMT 20 Mar 2013
Mr Bolden told US lawmakers that prayer was all that the US or anyone could currently do about unknown asteroids and meteors that may be on a collision course with Earth.
An asteroid estimated to be have been about 55 feet (17 metres) in diameter exploded on Feb 15 over Chelyabinsk, Russia, generating shock waves that shattered windows and damaged buildings. More than 1,500 people were injured.
Later that day, a larger, unrelated asteroid discovered last year passed about 17,200 miles (27,681 km) from Earth, closer than the network of television and weather satellites that ring the planet.
The events “serve as evidence that we live in an active solar system with potentially hazardous objects passing through our neighborhood with surprising frequency,” said Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Texas Democrat.
“We were fortunate that the events of last month were simply an interesting coincidence rather than a catastrophe,” said US House of Representatives Science Committee chairman Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican.
Mr Smith called a hearing on Tuesday to learn what is being done and how much money is needed to better protect the planet.
Nasa has found and is tracking about 95 percent of the largest objects flying near Earth, those that are .62 miles (1 km) or larger in diameter.
“An asteroid of that size, a kilometer or bigger, could plausibly end civilization,” White House science advisor John Holdren told legislators at the same hearing.
But only about 10 percent of an estimated 10,000 potential “city-killer” asteroids, those with a diameterof about 165 feet (50 meters) have been found, Mr Holdren added.

On average, objects of that size are estimated to hit Earth about once every 1,000 years.
“From the information we have, we don’t know of an asteroid that will threaten the population of the United States,” Mr Bolden said. “But if it’s coming in three weeks, pray.”
In addition to stepping up its monitoring efforts and building international partnerships, Nasa is looking at developing technologies to divert an object that may be on a collision course with Earth.
“The odds of a near-Earth object strike causing massive casualties and destruction of infrastructure are very small, but the potential consequences of such an event are so large it makes sense to takes the risk seriously,” Mr Holdren said.


About 66 million years ago, an object 6 miles (10 km) in diameter is believed to have smashed into what is now the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, leading to the demise of the dinosaurs, as well as most plant and animal life on Earth.
The asteroid that exploded over Russia last month was the largest object to hit Earth’s atmosphere since the 1908 Tunguska event when an asteroid or comet exploded over Siberia, leveling 80 million trees over more than 830 square miles (2,150 sq km).

heaven2-angelI guess it would be “Assume the Position” Head between leg’s and kiss your Arse goodbye.          th_clapping

Source: Reuters                                   ~Steve~

The rancher and a Skippy minion

A cowboy named Bob was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in Montana when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust.

The driver, a young man in a Brioni® suit, Gucci® shoes, RayBan® sunglasses and YSL® tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?”
Bob looks at the man, who obviously is a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, “Sure, why not?”

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell® notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3® cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page onthe Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop® and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany
Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot® that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL® database through an ODBC connected Excel® spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry® and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet® printer, turns to the cowboy and says, “You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.”

“That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says Bob.
He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then Bob says to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?”

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why not?”
“You’re a Congressman for the U.S. Government”, says Bob.
“Wow! That’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how did you guess that?”
“No guessing required.” answered the cowboy. “You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t know a thing about how working people make a living – or about cows, for that matter. This is a herd of sheep.

Now give me back my dog.
AND THAT FOLKS IS WHAT THE PROBLEM IS ALL ABOUT.

~Steve~                               H/T    Low Tech Grannie

The Asteroid that Whisked by Earth

Did you feel it?

That huge asteroid that got conspiracy kooks all atwitter, such as Richard Hoagland who hysterically claimed that the asteroid would “smash” into the Moon on Nov. 9, 2011 — today.

Well, asteroid 2005 YU55 did whisk by Earth, nor did it smash into the Moon.

Here are some radar images of the asteroid from Space.com. The pics were taken on Nov. 7, 2011, at 11:45 a.m. PST (2:45 p.m. EST/1945 UTC), when the space rock was at 3.6 lunar distances, which is about 860,000 miles from Earth.

Did you see how the asteroid “smashed” into the Moon? LOL

Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

We can now go on to the next apocalyptic event.

Today, Nov. 9, 2011, at 2 p.m., EST, FEMA and the FCC will conduct America’s first ever Emergency Alert System test. The test is “to assess the readiness and effectiveness of the current system and identify incremental improvements to better serve our communities in the preservation of life and property,” according to the FEMA website.

This is similar to the brief, but annoying, Emergency Alert System tests you hear on radio.

But this one is different, because it’s not just radio, but television this time. “All local, cable, and satellite TV stations across the country, as well as radio,” will be involved in the test, which will last “approximately three minutes.”

Which means that for the duration of  a pop song, every household, car and business in America–except for NOAA weather radio—will be pulsing, squawking, hissing and whistling a test message that begins with the ominous phrase, “This is a test.”

I suggest Hoagland, et al, should worry about this asteroid instead:

~Eowyn

NASA: UARS Could Still Hit US


Last week, I posted about a used-up climate probe satellite known as UARS that NASA expected was going to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere sometime around today.

It appears its descent has now slowed somewhat, and may not come down until later tonight or possibly sometime tomorrow, which is when NASA had once thought was the most likely date of its return.

NASA is also saying that there is a chance it could come down somewhere here in America, although they are still not sure exactly where it will fall.

Of course, given this satellite’s mission, I’m still pulling for the roof of Al Gore’s mansion.  ;-)

As a hopeless space junkie, I have seen meteors streak across the sky many times, but I have never seen something man-made and the size of a school bus reenter the atmosphere live and in person.

That would be really cool to see.

-Dave

Earth to satellite: When will you hit — and where?

By MARCIA DUNN – AP Aerospace Writer | AP – 11 hrs ago

I don’t know about you but 1 in 3200 is not that bad. You have a better chance of getting hit with space junk than the lottery or getting struck by lightning.

~ Steve~                                    H/T  igor

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By MARCIA DUNN - AP Aerospace Writer | AP – 11 hrs ago

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — NASA scientists are doing their best to tell us where a plummeting six-ton satellite will fall later this week. It’s just that if they’re off a little bit, it could mean the difference between hitting Florida or landing on New York. Or, say, Iran or India.

Pinpointing where and when hurtling space debris will strike is an imprecise science. For now, scientists predict the earliest it will hit is Thursday U.S. time, the latest Saturday. The strike zone covers most of Earth.

Not that citizens need to take cover. The satellite will break into pieces, and NASA put the chances that somebody somewhere will get hurt at just 1-in-3,200.

As far as anyone knows, falling space debris has never injured anyone. Nor has significant property damage been reported. That’s because most of the planet is covered in water and there are vast regions of empty land.

If you do come across what you suspect is a satellite piece, NASA doesn’t want you to pick it up. The space agency says there are no toxic chemicals present, but there could be sharp edges. Also, it’s government property. It’s against the law to keep it as a souvenir or sell it on eBay. NASA’s advice is to report it to the police.

For rest of story Pls Go HERE!!!!

What Goes Up Must (Eventually) Come Down

 

Mir reentry March 2001
NASA satellite UARS, launched in 1991 and deactivaed in 2005,  is expected to reenter Earth’s atmosphere on or about the 23rd of this month.

A satellite reentry is not usually big news, and this one really is not either, other than perhaps its large size, which is said to be about that of a school bus.

What caught my eye when reading the Space.com article linked above was NASA’s explanation as to what had degraded its orbit:

NASA spokeswoman Beth Dickey confirmed with SPACE.com earlier today that the reason UARS is expected to fall early in its re-entry window is because of the sharp uptick in solar activity. Solar effects from the sun can create an extra drag on satellites in space because they can heat the Earth’s atmosphere, causing it to expand, agency officials have said.

LOL – But hasn’t James Hansen and his crew of NASA “scientists” been telling us all along that it was our SUVs and light bulbs that were warming Earth’s atmosphere?

There is one further tidbit of interesting, if not a little ironic information concerning UARS:

It is a climate probe satellite that was launched during the ozone scare.

 -Dave

(h/t: Drudge)