Snap, crackle, pop: Melting glaciers sound like Rice Krispies

Along with her large-scale drawings, artist Zaria Forman has recorded the eerie song of a warming planet.
You may have seen the incredible landscapes created by Brooklyn artist Zaria Forman. (We wrote about them earlier here: Artist’s pastels show the eerie life of floating iceberg giants.) Forman is a magician with soft pastels, transforming pigment and paper into epic scenes of nature and remote frigid icescapes so realistic one gets a shiver just looking. The photo above is one of them; you can see a time-lapse of its creation below.

But maybe even more immediate than her arresting landscapes is this recording that I just stumbled upon at Earther. Brain Kahn explains that the recording is from the Errera Channel, “a skinny stretch of water between Rongé Island and the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula.”

“The crackle is the sound of ancient air meeting new,” Forman said in an artist statement. “It’s the sound of glacial ice melting, and the ancient air bubbles trapped inside of it breaking free.” The melodically eerie cooing of gentoo penguins in the background is the icing on the cake, so to speak.

With a play on words, Forman likens the sound to “ice crispies.” Meanwhile, in the early 1930s, a radio ad for Kellogg’s Rice Krispies implored consumers to, “Listen to the fairy song of health, the merry chorus sung by Kellogg’s Rice Krispies as they merrily snap, crackle and pop … If you’ve never heard food talking, now is your chance.” It makes for a pretty ironic comparison: If you’ve never heard glaciers talking, now is your chance!

As described on Forman’s beautiful website, the inspiration for her work “began in early childhood when she traveled with her family throughout several of the world’s most remote landscapes, which were the subject of her mother’s fine art photography.” But they’re more than just pretty pictures; they strive to highlight the urgency of climate change by “connecting people to the beauty of remote landscapes,” Forman says.

To learn more about Forman’s work and adventures (including those with National Geographic and NASA), visit her website: Zariaforman.com.

(And for an entirely different spin on snap, crackle, and pop… behold the 1964 Rolling Stones ad for Rice Krispies.)

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Sci-fi sound wave device makes Star Trek style tractor beams out of powerful mini-tornadoes that can manipulate large objects


Image: Sci-fi sound wave device makes Star Trek style tractor beams out of powerful mini-tornadoes that can manipulate large objects

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It seems like every day you see, hear, or read about something that’s being created or invented concerning all sorts of popular science fiction technology, but a fully-working tractor beam was never among them — until now. According to a team of engineers from the University of Bristol, they have successfully managed to develop the world’s most powerful tractor beam, and it’s capable of moving objects around using nothing but the power of sound.

That’s right, with the power of their newly-invented acoustic tractor beam, the team of engineers was able to show that it’s possible to hold particles in mid-air. So far, they have only tested it on a two-centimeter piece of polystyrene sphere, but it’s a good start, considering the technology could have lots of different applications — out on land or even in other locations.

According to the researchers, they have been working on the development of their acoustic tractor beam technology for a few decades now. And a major obstacle has stood in their way: rotating sound fields typically transfer some of their spinning motion to the objects that they are supposed to hold, making them orbit faster and faster up to the point that they become unstable.

Now, the team has managed to find an alternative to conventional methods. The new way, in which the researchers created a device that can create “mini tornadoes” from sound waves alone, is said to use a spinning field to keep objects steady instead. The researchers are now hoping to scale up the use of their technology in order to manipulate much larger objects that they initial tests would allow them to.

According to Dr. Asier Marzo, the lead author of the study from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol, their breakthrough could provide the much-needed push for a fully-developed and fully-working version that can truly be used for some real-world applications. “Acoustic researchers had been frustrated by the size limit for years, so it’s satisfying to find a way to overcome it,” he explained. “I think it opens the door to many new applications.”

According to a report, the breakthrough of the researchers comes from the discovery that the rate of rotation can be finely controlled, and that is by rapidly changing the direction of the vortices, which ends up stabilizing the tractor beam. This then led to an increase in the size of the so-called “silent core” that is actually where floating objects lie on the tractor beam itself. And as its size increased, so too did its capacity to hold solid objects.

In the end, the researchers settled on using ultrasonic waves that were set at a pitch of 40 kHz, which is the same pitch as sounds that only bats can hear, and then they used it to hold the two-centimeter polystyrene sphere mentioned at the beginning of this article. The researchers note that the sphere measures two acoustic wavelengths in size and is so far the largest object yet trapped in a working tractor beam.

Dr. Bruce Drinkwaterm, a professor of Ultrasonics from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol, said that there is potential to use the new kind of tractor beam for other things in the future. “Acoustic tractor beams have huge potential in many applications,” he explained. “I’m just particularly excited by the idea of contactless production lines where delicate objects are assembled without touching them.

The world may be some ways from that, but it’s certainly not outside the realm of possibility.

Find out more interesting technological breakthroughs in Inventions.news.

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Battery Storage Revolution Could ‘Sound The Death Knell For Fossil Fuels’

By , Ecowatch

If we want to accelerate the world’s renewable energy transition, we’ll have to modernize the electric grid and we’ll need much better batteries. Just look at Germany, which generates so much clean energy on particularly windy and sunny days that electricity prices are often negative.

Sure this is good news for a German person’s wallet, but as the New York Times noted, “Germany’s power grid, like most others around the world, has not yet adapted to the increasing amounts of renewable energy being produced.”

The problem is that the electrical grid was designed for fossil fuel use, meaning it can struggle to manage all the renewable energy being added to the grid. For instance, California sometimes produces so much solar power that is has to pay neighboring Arizona to take the excess electricity that Californians aren’t using to avoid overloading the power lines. Meanwhile, battery storage capacity is not yet advanced enough to take in the surplus generation.

Thankfully, a sea change appears to be well underway.

WIRED UK reported that 2018 will see energy storage for home use becoming more commonplace. Investors will also increasingly look towards renewable energy storage solutions rather than supply.

“We will see a tipping point,” Alasdair Cameron, renewable energy campaigner at Friends of the Earth, told WIRED. “Even IKEA has launched a renewable solar battery power storage for domestic use.”

Coupled with Tesla‘s Powerwall domestic battery, Cameron added, “storage is moving from the grid to the garage to the landing at home.”

Furthermore, WIRED pointed out, companies such as EDF Renewable Energy, electric services company E.ON and Dyson are investing in storage development. Energy giants ExxonMobil, Shell and Total are also coming on board with renewable battery systems.

Other examples of the battery storage revolution include South Australia, which recently switched on the world’s largest battery storage farm. Tesla CEO Elon Musk famously built the massive facility in less than 100 days to help solve the state’s energy woes. Musk’s battery already proved itself late last month after responding to power outages within milliseconds.

In November 2016, Ta’u, an island in American Samoa, turned its nose at fossil fuels and is now almost 100 percent powered with solar panels and batteries thanks to technology from Tesla and SolarCity.

And this past October, Scotland switched on the Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm, that’s linked with Statoil’s Batwind, a lithium battery that can store one megawatt-hour of power to help mitigate intermittency and optimize output.

All that said, 2018 could be a major year for batteries. As WIRED reported:

“According to Hugh McNeal of the wind industry’s trade body RenewableUK and solar expert Simon Virley of KPMG, this storage revolution is capable of transforming the industry. In 2018, it will become even more competitive and reliable—and will sound the death knell for fossil fuels in the process.”

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Parents sound alarm over mad rush toward transgender children (and the "progressivism" that pushes this distortion)

Image: Parents sound alarm over mad rush toward transgender children (and the “progressivism” that pushes this distortion)

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A mother from New York is taking a bold stand against the LGBT mafia and its relentless and demonic war against innocent children. Kristie Sisson says that transgender activism and its youth-centric indoctrination agenda ultimately led her daughter, Danielle, to want to transition into being her “son” – and she isn’t going to stand for it.

According to Sisson, it all started when the family decided to move from Long Island down to North Carolina after Danielle graduated from public middle school. The adjustment process for Danielle was rough, which led her to seek acceptance from whoever would give it.

This led her to a friend who happened to be a lesbian, and who apparently convinced Danielle that she, too, was a lesbian – even though she had always grown up liking boys. After being enrolled in a private high school in North Carolina, Danielle encountered several biological girls who were in the process of trying to transition into boys, to which Danielle also jumped on the bandwagon.

In the fall of 2016 things got really ugly, as Danielle informed her parents that she wanted to start dressing like a boy and would soon pursue surgery to become a “male.” This took Danielle’s parents completely off guard, as they were unaware at the time that Danielle was being so innately influenced by her new friends.

“It took us completely by surprise,” Sisson told Breitbart News, “because Danielle had a normal childhood, did all of the typical girl things – from dressing up like the princesses, to playing with dolls, to wearing make-up, perfume, and jewelry.”

Sisson says transgender activists actively recruit young children on the internet and social media

While Kristie Sisson and her husband say they never prohibited their daughter from interacting with lesbians and transgenders prior to this drastic change in Danielle’s mindset, they very quickly became the victims of LGBT assault simply for trying to advise their daughter on a better path.

Danielle was sent to a therapist who had promised her parents that she wasn’t going to just affirm Danielle’s desire to transition to being a “male.” But this turned out to be a lie, upon which the Sissons sent their daughter to another therapist who, in effect, did the exact same thing – after just 30 minutes of speaking with Danielle.

“I feel like it’s the parents against the world,” Sisson lamented. “The therapists, the doctors, the schools – everyone is pushing this very liberal agenda and this transgender movement, and it’s harming our children.”

“Danielle is going to end up mutilating her body. She wants to have a mastectomy. She wants to have a hysterectomy.”

Danielle ended up taking matters into her own hands with the help of her new “friends,” and the families of these “friends,” many of whom helped her to raise thousands of dollars for surgery and continued education after her parents said they could no longer support Danielle in her misguided actions.

Many prominent organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Pediatric Endocrine Society (PES) that once recognized transgenderism as the mental illness that it is are now endorsing “gender changes” as well, which is making it that much harder to protect children from this onslaught of perversion.

“Transgender ideology is not just infecting our laws,’ writes pediatrician and researcher Dr. Michelle Cretella, a mother of four and president of the American College of Pediatricians (ACP). “It is intruding into the lives of the most innocent among us – children – and with the apparent growing support of the professional medical community.”

The ACP is bold in asserting that one’s biological sex is a permanent fixture, and that it can’t be changed as the LGBT mafia claims. And to subject children to such lies represents a form of child abuse that parents need to put a stop to by joining together and fighting back.

Sources for this article include:

Breitbart.com

NaturalNews.com

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Scientists sound alarm as PLAGUE mutation could become resistant to all known conventional medicine

Image: Scientists sound alarm as PLAGUE mutation could become resistant to all known conventional medicine

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Although it might sound like a disease of yesteryear to many Americans, plague is not uncommon in Madagascar. However, this year’s outbreak, which has already killed nearly 170 people there, is markedly different from the strain that usually emerges in the country, and it has some experts seriously concerned about what’s in store.

This year, two-thirds of the plague cases reported in the country have been pneumonic, the deadliest type, and it is being called the worst outbreak in half a century. The country, which normally sees an average of 400 cases of plague per year, has already had 2,000 cases of the illness and the plague season is just getting started.

The illness is easily spread via sneezing, spitting, coughing, or otherwise coming into contact with bodily fluids of infected people. It’s related to the famous Black Death that killed 200 million people across Asia and Europe in the 1300s.

University of East Anglia health protection lecturer Professor Paul Hunter believes the disease could reach Europe and even North America, much like what happened with Ebola following the outbreak in West Africa three years ago. He said that the possibility of it mutating and becoming untreatable is a real one.

The World Health Organization’s Dr. Charlotte Ndiaye said: “WHO is concerned that plague could spread further because it is already present in several cities and this is the start of the epidemic season, which usually runs from September to April.”

Pneumonic plague is nearly always fatal if left untreated, but antibiotics can treat it if it is detected early. In the current outbreak, fatalities jumped by 15 percent in just three days, prompting concerns it is reaching crisis levels.

Ten countries are now on high alert because of the outbreak, with South Africa, Malawi, Seychelles, Reunion, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Comoros and Mauritius joining Madagascar. Experts say that if it spreads from the island to mainland Africa, it could be difficult to control.

Making matters worse is the fact that unlike in previous years when the disease has largely been confined to remote areas, this year’s outbreak is mostly concentrated in the country’s two biggest cities, Toamasina and Antananarivo.

Plague season just beginning

A WHO spokesperson said that it is impossible to rule out the possibility of more cases as the plague season isn’t slated to end until April, and they’re encouraging people to remain vigilant. They say the risk of further spread at the national level in Madagascar remains high.

There are frequent flights and ferries going between the island and the African mainland, prompting concerns about travelers introducing it to other areas, but the short incubation period of the pneumonic variety means many sufferers would become too ill too quickly to travel far and spread it. In addition, exit screening measures have been implemented in Madagascar, and nearby countries are also taking precautions.

Schools and universities have been closed to try to contain the illness as it tends to spread faster among children. The buildings are also being sprayed to eliminate any fleas that could be carrying the plague.

Many locals are hesitant to seek treatment because they are scared of hospitals, and they often have to walk for more than a day to receive treatment. This means there could be many more cases going unreported as patients fail to get a proper diagnosis.

Health officials aren’t sure exactly how this year’s outbreak started, but it is believed that forest fires could have driven the rats that carry the Yersinia pestis bacteria toward rural communities. These rats and their fleas bite people and infect them, and when left untreated, the bubonic strain spreads to the lungs and becomes the pneumonic form that can kill people within 24 hours.

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Sound Familiar? ‘American Horror Story’ Shows Journalists Using Fake News to Stoke Fears

On October 3, American Horror Story: Cult took on fake news meant to instill fear. The episode “Holes” opened with reporter Beverly (Adina Porter) and her boss Bob (Dermot Mulroney) arguing over what stories to air. While Bob wants to report the news responsibly and factually, Beverly is more interested in sensationalism and stoking fear amongst the viewers to create chaos. Sound familiar?

The debate of fake news meant to stoke fear or sway viewers politically has been an issue for years, and is only becoming more so. Here at Newsbusters, we have example after example of the media choosing their stories, angles, and even facts based on their own agendas. 

In “Holes,” Bob tries to rein in Beverly’s sensationalism.

[Warning: Language]

Beverly: A severed head.  A brutal attack. 
Kai: People are being targeted. Chem trucks are invading our neighborhood in the dead of the night. Our own government is poisoning us. What has happened to our great nation? 
Beverly: Are our children safe? Is there a serial killer loose? Family members remain hopeful tonight that Meadow Wilton will be found alive. But with crime on the rise, authorities are warning the public to stay inside. Lock your doors. This is Beverly Hope, reporting to you from a neighborhood gripped in terror. Back to you, Bob.
Bob: What the hell is this shit? Crime is the lowest it’s been in years. The number of 911 calls have gone down. There’s all sorts of goddamn holes in your stories. And how is it that you’re always the first one on the scene? 
Beverly: I’m not revealing my sources. 
Bob: My sources are telling me that you’re full of shit. I talked to the chief of police. He says it’s way too early to use the words “Serial killer.” Make us look like we don’t know what the fuck we’re doing. 
Beverly: When do we work for the cops? 
Bob: The public deserves to know the truth. You’re scaring the shit out of people. Stop editorializing. Stop reporting fake news.

While, in the real world fake news is meant to sway the population into dividing further and voting a certain way, it’s even darker in the world of AHS. As we uncovered last week, Beverly has joined a cult that has one intention – causing chaos in the world so they can take over. As a reporter, she is integral to the plan to weaponize fear on the airwaves. She will kill anyone who gets in the way, so in this episode the insane killer clown posse murders Bob. The news of this new clown murder makes Kai go up 10 points in the polls in his race for city council as people start panicking.

While our MSM reporters aren’t running around dressed as clowns murdering people, they are causing plenty of chaos and fear just the same.

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Sound Alchemy- How The Egyptians Used Sound For Healing

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Sound is numerology in time as every sound can be seen also in a numerical form and penetrates us through time slices. Numerology (as we know) is infinite- meaning sound detectable or undetectable to the human senses does not end.  

The Egyptians understood the power of sound for healing- so much so that the first book of “The 42 Books Of Thoth” was called the “Chanter” and is dedicated to sacred sound as a healing modality. Thoth was the god of knowledge, wisdom and writing, he was also the first son of Ra (Re) the god of the sun.

This video goes through how the Egyptians used sound to heal and includes some chants you can use, as well as a historical breakdown of sound for healing.

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Climate scientists continue to sound the alarm: Global warming fueled record temperatures in 2016

The evidence behind global climate change continues to mount, and scientists keep speaking out. Now they hope the world will listen.

The latest international climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirms that 2016 was the third consecutive year of record global heat.

On Thursday afternoon the American Meteorological Society published the 27th annual “State of the Climate” report, which verifies last year surpassed 2015 as the hottest since record keeping began in 1880.

Based on preliminary data, NASA and NOOA had made the same assessment back in January, but this week’s report is considered definitive.

“We’re scientists, and we’re providing objective information,” Jessica Blunden, a climate scientist at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., told Yahoo News. “We don’t go into policy, but we provide the information for people who want to go further with that.”

According to the report, the effect of long-term global warming and a powerful El Niño early on pushed 2016 into record-setting warmth. The global average sea level reached a new record high last year as well, to 3.25 inches above the average level in 1993, which marks the beginning of the satellite altimeter record.

Scientists also said that the average Arctic land surface temperature continued to warm and global ice and snow cover continued to decline. Sea ice extents in the Antarctic hit record daily and monthly lows in August and November.

The “State of the Climate” report is based on contributions from nearly 500 scientists from more than 60 countries, using tens of thousands of measurements from several independent data sets. This summary of the global climate confirms data released on Jan. 18 based on analyses from scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.

Blunden said the use of additional independent data sets distinguishes this report from what came before.

“The big difference in this report is we don’t just look at NOAA data. There are about four different independent data sets we looked at to come to this conclusion,” Blunden told Yahoo News. “It’s not just NOAA who is agreeing with it. NASA, the U.K. Met Office and the Japan Meteorological Agency are agreeing.”

Since the previous data was released mere days before President Trump’s inauguration, this peer-reviewed report is the most thorough assessment of climate change officially released during the Trump era.

Deke Arndt, chief of the climate-monitoring branch at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, described the report as diagnostic when asked if anyone from the White House had weighed in on it or questioned its findings.

“This report is a diagnostic report. It basically diagnoses what is happening in the climate system,” Arndt said on a conference call. “It’s intended to provide intelligence to those sort of decision makers that you’re talking about.”

Concentrations of major greenhouse gases in the atmosphere also reached to new highs in 2016. For instance, the global average concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary driver of anthropogenic climate change, in the atmosphere reached 402.9 parts per million (ppm). This was the first time on record that CO2 concentration exceeded 400 ppm. The consensus of climate scientists is that the maximum safe level is 350.

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'Loud sound' preceded US police shooting Australian woman

Chicago (AFP) – Police in the US state of Minnesota were startled by a loud sound prior to shooting an Australian woman who had called them to report a possible assault, investigators revealed on Tuesday.

The state agency probing the fatal police shooting of Justine Damond, also known by her maiden name Justine Ruszczyk, interviewed one of the two officers who responded to her emergency call on Saturday night in Minneapolis.

It was the first time since the shooting that authorities offered more information about the circumstances, as community leaders and Damond’s family complained they had received few details.

Officer Matthew Harrity told investigators Tuesday that he had been “startled by a loud sound” near the squad car while responding to the call, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) said in a statement.

His partner, Officer Mohamed Noor, was in the passenger seat.

“Immediately afterward Ruszczyk approached the driver’s side window of the squad (car). Harrity indicated that Officer Noor discharged his weapon, striking Ruszczyk through the open driver’s side window,” the agency said.

BCA did not identify the sound, but an unidentified officer recorded on a police radio conversation published by Minnesota PoliceClips speculated it may have been fireworks that sounded like gun shots.

The officers’ body-worn cameras were not on during the incident. After the shooting, they provided medical aid until paramedics arrived, the BCA said.

The medical examiner’s office said Damond died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the BCA.

Investigators appealed for witnesses to come forward.

– Family speaks out –

Damond, a 40-year-old meditation instructor and life coach, was an Australian national who had moved to the US to marry her fiance Don Damond, and had changed her name ahead of the marriage.

She had called Minneapolis police Saturday around 11:30 pm to report “what she believed was an active sexual assault occurring nearby,” Don Damond said on Monday.

“Sadly, her family and I have been provided with almost no additional information from law enforcement regarding what happened after police arrived.”

Speaking in Australia, her father John Ruszczyk on Tuesday called for justice.

“Justine was a beacon to all of us. We only ask that the light of justice shine down on the circumstances of her death,” he said.

Authorities found no weapons at the scene, though they recovered Damond’s cell phone.

“I understand why so many people have so many questions at this point,” Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said late Monday.

“I have many of the same questions and it is why we immediately asked for an external and independent investigation.”

– Officer ‘a caring person’ –

Noor, who has been with the Minneapolis police force for 21 months, declined investigators’ requests for an interview, the BCA said. Officers are not required to participate in a BCA investigation.

In a statement, Noor’s attorney Tom Plunkett called the officer “a caring person with a family he loves and he empathizes with the loss others are experiencing.”

Plunkett added that the ongoing investigation prevented the officer from saying any more about the incident.

The shooting was the latest high-profile case in which police fired fatal shots.

Most of those cases involve white police officers and African American victims. In this case, Noor is Somali American, while Damond was white.

Congressman Keith Ellison, who represents Damond’s district in the US House of Representatives, tied her case with others such as that of black motorist Philando Castile, killed last year near Minneapolis during a traffic stop.

“We need to confront the reality of so many unarmed people killed by the same officers who swear an oath to protect us,” Ellison said in a statement.

“Justine’s death shows no one should assume ‘officer-involved shootings’ only happen in a certain part of town or to certain kinds of people.”

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