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Mummified Trees in the Arctic: Are They Millions of Years Old?
Arctic wood in a “polar desert” has been discovered that is “so well preserved that the wood can still burn, and even the most delicate tree structures, such as leaves, are present” reported PhysOrg. Joel Barker (Ohio State) remarked, “The dead trees look just like the dried-out dead wood lying outside now.” How old are they? “The Hazen Plateau on Ellesmere Island, a polar desert where winter temperatures can currently dip down to 50 below zero, is currently too cold and dry to support forests; the only living trees that now dot the park’s desolate landscape are dwarf willows,” the article explained, adding the following interpretation: “Therefore, the pieces of wood must have come from trees that lived millions of years ago, when the Arctic was still warm enough to support forests.” Barker tried to bracket the age from sediment cores to at least 2 million years, and from pollen, no older than 12 million years. From tree rings, Barker and his team determined that the forests were barely hanging on at the northern extent of their range during a period of warmer climate. Barker believes the trees were buried rapidly in a landslide. In future work, he plans to see if any remain buried in an upright position. “In addition, he plans to compare specific tree components, such as leaf cuticles, from mummified material with the same components from contemporary trees of the same species,” the article said. “Differences between the mummified and contemporary components of the same tree species may provide clues about the evolution of those species.” But since the same species in the fossils are identifiable from living counterparts, only slight variation has occurred, if any – not the origin of species.This is an update on the Chronicles of Blarneya reported on 12/18/2010). Recall that a team member said this: “When we started pulling leaves out of the soil, that was surreal, to know that it’s millions of years old and that you can hold it in your hand.” Scientists do not hold millions of years in their hands. They hold them in their heads.(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The evils of IKEA furniture
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I must be getting old, friends. I was recently watching an episode of Jeopardy! and I was enjoying it a bit too much. My masterful trivia skills were on full display until Final Jeopardy, the last query in the show.The subject was international business and I felt I had a good enough grasp on the subject to do well. I yelled to the imaginary Alex Trebek in the room how much money I was wagering and then took a gander at the “answer.”It was the following: “This European company uses about 1% of the world’s lumber each year; it aims to make that 100% sustainable by 2020.”Immediately flustered at the benign situation I was confronted with, I ran out of time before coming up with a viable solution. And my imaginary money, like my trivia ego, was gone. The correct question?“What is IKEA?”Right you are, Alex. And the traumatic flashbacks immediately began.Just this past weekend I was helping some cousins of mine moving their young family into a new home. I was immediately assigned the duty of transforming a number of IKEA cardboard boxes into splendid furniture — well, usable furniture at least.“No problem,” I thought to myself. “These instructions look like what used when I built Legos!”Then the fun began. IKEA, I have to give it to you. You somehow found a way to use 42,000 different types of fasteners for what looks to be nearly the same job. Some made up of metal, some painted black, others of oddly durable plastic, and even the little wooden pegs that fall down into the floor vents, which unsuspecting cousins will never know about until they read this blog.The wardrobe, bookcases, and more all were eventually completed (not all by me mind you). Though in addition to the bags of parts they send with the particleboard, I would advise the company to go ahead and include a note saying “choice words and time with the Lord required for completion.”At the end of the day, even an IKEA-induced headache pales in comparison to the joy of helping someone call somewhere home.But next time, I think I’ll paint instead.
Drivers in downtown may have been scammed by fake parking lot attendant
Dan Plante Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — He looked like a parking lot attendant. He had a bright vest, a ticket book and a credit card scanner attached to his smartphone. Problem is, he was a poser, a criminal.“I gave him $10 and he gave me this parking pass. Then, I got a $40 ticket for having a phony parking pass,” said Tony Bernhardt of San Diego.Tony is one of the many people who got ripped off earlier this week at the ACE Parking lot at 6th and “E” streets near the Gas Lamp District.“I gave the guy cash, the people behind me gave him their credit cards,” Bernhardt said.“We encourage anyone who gave credit card numbers to contact their bank, dispute the charge, or cancel their cards,” said Kristin Ludwick, Ace Parking Marketing Manager.This has happened before. The crooks have creative ways to steal money from unsuspecting people.“We really want to get out in front of this and tell the public to beware. Ace Parking does not have people taking money, it’s all machines, these are fake parking lot attendants,” Ludwig said.Also, and this is a big also. Normally, there are big signs warning customers that no “people” will be collecting money. Those signs had been ripped off and thrown away.“We put the signs back up, so hopefully no one else gets ripped off,” Ludwig said.As for Tony, the $40 ticket has been ripped up by ACE Parking. So he’s good. But anyone who used a credit card could be in trouble.Adding another layer, the actual parking tickets issued on ACE Parking lots, go to the city and the state. If they go unpaid or ignored, it could come back to haunt you the next time you hit the DMV. Posted: April 5, 2018 Updated: 9:40 PM Drivers in downtown may have been scammed by fake parking lot attendant Dan Plante, April 5, 2018
Gun show opponents and advocates voice their opinion to Del Mar Fairground
Posted: April 24, 2018 Mike McKinnon III, Lauren Phinney, April 24, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Gun show opponents and advocates voice their opinion to Del Mar Fairground Board of Directors 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI streamed almost two hours of the event live on our Facebook page. You can see what attendees had to say in the video below. Mike McKinnon III, Lauren Phinney Updated: 10:24 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Del Mar Fairgrounds Board of Directors will discuss the fairgrounds’ annual Crossroads of the West Gun Show. Opponents and advocates spoke about why the board should ban or continuehosting the gun show.San Diego County Gun Owners Executive Director, Michael Schwartz, voiced his opinion on the issue.
Gun owner groups sue over California age restrictions
Gun owner groups sue over California age restrictions SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gun owners’ rights groups are asking a federal judge to overturn a California law raising the age to purchase a rifle or shotgun from 18 to 21.The Calguns Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, and Second Amendment Foundation sued Monday in federal court in San Diego. They contend that those over 18 are legally adults and can’t be deprived of their Second Amendment right to bear arms.The higher age limit already applied to handguns, but supporters of last year’s legislation argued that some of the nation’s worst mass shootings have been committed by young adults using rifles.The law by Democratic Sen. Anthony Portantino of the Los Angeles area includes exemptions for young adults who have hunting licenses or are in the military or law enforcement. AP Posted: July 3, 2019 July 3, 2019 AP, Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter