Officials plotting capture of elusive alligator

first_imgBefore he was killed in an underwater filming accident, Irwin visited Machado Lake in fall 2005 and said he would return when Reggie emerged from hibernation in 2006. But Reggie didn’t reappear last year. Then on April 30, park visitors spotted an alligator that looked to be about 7 feet long as it swam across the Lake Machado’s southern end. There have been several more sightings since. “I’m getting phone calls and e-mails saying `He’s back! He’s back!”‘ said Joeanne Valle, executive director of the Harbor City Chamber of Commerce. “My chamber board is jumping up and down. Everybody seems to love this.” Reggie was an illegal pet allegedly tossed into the 50-acre lake by a former Los Angeles policeman when it got too big. LOS ANGELES – Recent of sightings of Reggie the alligator, the elusive Lake Machado creature that had vanished 18 months ago, has city officials plotting a capture. Several would-be gator wranglers failed in attempts to remove the wily Reggie from the murky waters at Harbor Regional Park in 2005, but his reappearance last week reinvigorated efforts to plot a capture. Councilwoman Janice Hahn said she was working with a representative of late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and Qantas Airways on a plan that would bring Irwin’s crew to Los Angeles within the next week or two. “If we can get them a couple airline seats for the crew and cargo space for their equipment, \ everyone’s very interested in doing this,” Hahn said Friday. “They know Steve promised us that once Reggie was seen again he’d be back.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Gap Between Origin-of-Life Research and Simplest Life Grows

first_imgEvolutionists are celebrating experiments that allegedly showed RNA chains can assemble in water – given nucleotides to start with (see Science Daily).  The suggestive steps over the gap from nonlife to life should be tempered with other discoveries that life is anything but simple.    New Scientist reported today that a “‘Simple’ bacterium shows surprising complexity.”  A species of Mycoplasma, an obligate parasite, should represent a stripped-down life form that can be considered a minimal living cell.  Researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory uncovered “uncanny flexibility and sophistication, allowing it to react fast to changes in its diet and environment,” even with just 689 genes (compared to 4000 in most other bacteria).  Peter Bork said, “There were a lot of surprises.  Although it’s a very tiny genome, it’s much more complicated than we thought.”  Among the cell’s tricks are the ability to use antisense strands of DNA as molecular switches, the ability to employ operons in sequence rather than simultaneously, and ability of cellular components to do multitasking.    Another report on Science Daily described the highly-choreographed dance of the chromosomes during meiosis.  Scientists at UC Berkeley found that “the cytoskeleton appears to encourage the dance of the chromosomes around the nuclear membrane as they search for their partners, and help make sure they have the right partner before meiosis continues.”  The cytoskeleton does this by means of teams of molecular motors called dyneins.  “Our work teaches us about the fundamental mechanisms of genome organization, about how cells execute processes in precise ways, monitor their own mistakes and correct or eliminate them.”    A cell is so smart, it can even employ mistakes on purpose.  Science Daily reported that some cells cause their own mutations for protection.  By making proteins with mistakes (the wrong amino acid inserted here or there), they employ a “non-genetic strategy used in cells to create a bodyguard for proteins.”  As a result, “this way the cells can always ensure that a subset of these proteins is somewhat less sensitive to the extra hits” caused by invading viruses, chemicals or other bacteria.  It “sounds chaotic and doesn’t make a lot of sense according to the textbook,” but the net result is that the organism gains protection from reactive oxygen species when under stress by means of “regulated errors.”  The organism must have ways of recovering from these errors after the stress is relieved, else the population would mutate itself out of existence.    Interestingly, human designers might employ a similar strategy to ward off computer viruses.  New Scientist reported that a company in the UK is patenting a strategy to insert “dumb code” into file headers to defeat any computer virus instantly.  “A key feature of the scheme is that no knowledge of the virus itself is needed, so it can deal with new, unrecognised ‘zero day’ viruses as well as older ones,” the company claims.  It remains to be seen whether human programmers will be as successful at defensive strategies as cells are.If cells are so well designed they can even regulate errors to maintain their genetic integrity, how could life evolve?  This might be a defeater for neo-Darwinism.  And if even the most minimal life is so complex it surprises scientists, how can origin-of-life researchers keep up hope?  Their simple experiments are like baby steps on the beach with an ocean to cross, and no motivation for the baby to go in that direction.Details, details.  They sure get in the way of a good myth.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South African soccer fans 7

first_imgSoccer fans at a match between Manchester United and South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria. Manchester United won.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Kathrada ‘misses Madiba’ as South Africa votes

first_img7 May 2014 Liberation struggle stalwart and long-time friend of the late Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, said he felt Madiba’s absence especially strongly as he voted in the country’s fifth democratic elections on Wednesday. “We miss him, not only today, but all the time,” Kathrada said after casting his vote at the University of Witswatersrand education campus in Parktown, Johannesburg on Wednesday morning. “But he was a human being, and the time comes when human beings are no longer with us. “The policy that [Mandela] was wedded to is firmly in place,” Kathrada said. “Although we miss him, we know President Zuma and his fellow executive members are carrying out the policy that is laid down by the [African National Congress], the same policy that Madiba and President Mbeki carried out.” When Kathrada arrived at the voting station, he was delayed as young people asked him to pose for pictures with them. Kathrada smiled patiently as many youngsters took turns using their camera phones. Afterwards, Kathrada said it was important for young South Africans to vote. “They must exercise their vote. Many people sacrificed their lives to be able to vote, and particularly we appeal to the young people, because it is their future.” Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, on a visit to the Parktown polling station, said he was happy with how smoothly voting had gone so far. “I am very happy. I voted at Buccleuch Primary School, and already at 6am when I was there the queues were starting. It shows that that there is no voter apathy in South Africa. People are very active, and it is good for democracy.” Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Råbjerg Mile – GC21787 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 25, 2012

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Jumping into soft sandEver wonder what would it be like if the ground literally started to move under your feet? Geocachers who visited the Råbjerg Mile (GC21787) EarthCache know exactly what it’s like.Located at the northern tip of Denmark, between the Danish cities of Skagen and Frederikshavn, the Råbjerg Mile is the largest migrating sand dune in Northern Europe. It contains millions of cubic meters of sand and moves up to 18 meters (59 feet) every year. Geocachers can enjoy this migrating wonder and observe many types of birds that make it their travelling home by visiting the difficulty 1.5, terrain 2 EarthCache.Denmark once had many shifting dunes, even larger than the Råbjerg Mile. These dunes caused many problems for the people living in their paths. So, in the mid-19th century, the state bought the land under the dunes so that it could plant dune grasses and conifers that would help stabilize it. They then left the Råbjerg Mile so that future generations would remember both the challenges and the beauty of these shifting sand dunes.Marking sand angelsMichael, a.k.a. WAUZZZ4B has given fellow Premium Member geocachers yet another reason to see and experience nature at its best since creating the EarthCache in November of 2009.Geocachers everywhere can learn a lot about this dune just by reading the detailed cache page. But nearly 450 Premium Members got to experience this EarthCache for what it’s worth and share their experiences by posting more than 530 breathtaking images.With’s request, Michael has agreed to temporarily grant access to basic members for an opportunity to experience and log this EarthCache.One geocacher who logged this Premium Cache wrote, “We heard about the dune from some friends who visited many years ago. We decided that we wanted to check out this place during our visit to Denmark. Sure enough, there’s an EarthCache, which gave us even more reason to come out and log our visit. We didn’t realize how beautiful this place is. Absolutely stunning scenery and by far the biggest sand box we’ve ever been in!”For more information on Geocaching Premium features, such as Premium Caches, visit to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to sand between toes. SharePrint RelatedNamib Desert, Namibia (GC14W63) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 8, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Bruneau Sand Dunes GC10F12 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 31, 2011October 31, 2011In “Community”Geocaching country souvenir: NamibiaDecember 8, 2017In “Community”last_img read more

Resource Discovery: NPR Military Children in Public School

first_imgBy Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDThis month, PBS is highlighting the emotional challenges and resilience of children with a parent in the military in their PBS Weekly Edition. According to PBS, military children move nine times on average before they graduate. The majority of children are in public schools. This can create problems of feeling displaced, misunderstood, and excluded. The first podcast provides a look at the challenges that military children face in public schools.[Flickr, Students travel around the world with books by US Army Garrison Red Cloud – Casey’s Photostream, January 15, 2013, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 23, 2015This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more