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The Philae lander has detected organic molecules on the surface of its comet, scientists have confirmed.
Carbon-containing “organics” are the basis of life on Earth and may give clues to chemical ingredients delivered to our planet early in its history.
The compounds were picked up by a German-built instrument designed to “sniff” the comet’s thin atmosphere.
Other analyses suggest the comet’s surface is largely water-ice covered with a thin dust layer.
The European Space Agency (Esa) craft touched down on the Comet 67P on 12 November after a 10-year journey.
Dr Fred Goessmann, principal investigator on the Cosac instrument, which made the organics detection, confirmed the find to BBC News. But he added that the team was still trying to interpret the results.
It has not been disclosed which molecules have been found, or how complex they are. There’s a trade off – once it gets too hot, Philae will die as well. There is a sweet spot”
Prof Mark McCaughreanSenior science adviser, Esa
But the results are likely to provide insights into the possible role of comets in contributing some of the chemical building blocks to the primordial mix from which life evolved on the early Earth.
Preliminary results from the Mupus instrument, which deployed a hammer to the comet after Philae’s landing, suggest there is a layer of dust 10-20cm thick on the surface with very hard water-ice underneath.
The ice would be frozen solid at temperatures encountered in the outer Solar System – Mupus data suggest this layer has a tensile strength similar to sandstone.
“It’s within a very broad spectrum of ice models. It was harder than expected at that location, but it’s still within bounds,” said Prof Mark McCaughrean, senior science adviser to Esa, told BBC News.
“People will be playing with [mathematical] models of pure water-ice mixed with certain amount of dust.”
The original series can be found http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/the-universe-is-scary?bffbuk
All the planets in our solar system would fit between earth and our moon
There are billions of stars in our galaxy – – which is one galaxy of many.
(That’s not a picture of the Milky Way, but you get the idea.)
Three years ago we ran a story. Since that that time various research has been produced showing that benzodiazepines and z dugs can lead to a massive increase in the risk of dementia. Studies however have also shown that withdrawing people from these medications can also reverse this diagnosis (by up to 33% !!) – ie there is a possibility of a pseudo dementia.
There are over 130 prescribed medications which can lead to memory loss. The side effects are often mis diagnosed as dementia – and usually Alzheimers (which can only be proven after autopsy) . If you are diagnosed with dementia before you are 70 – – without a family history – you must consider the possibility it is resultant from medication (and your GP may not know) .
The article is repeated below
Care in the Community – I am depressed
Three years ago this weekend I became aware of one of the most shameful acts (or non acts) in British history. It has been described by David Blunkett (Then Shadow Secretary for Health) – as a “National Scandal.”
Twenty years later – so much has been said – so little has been done.
Benzodiazepines were introduced in the 1960 – mums little helper – Librium, rapidly followed by Valium, Ativan , Mogadon. Drugs which now go by the names of Diazepam, Nitrazepam, Lorazepam, Tamazepam. The Librium advertisement stated “Whatever the diagnosis – Librium” librium. By the 1970s more than 1 in 20 prescriptions was for valium.
The Ashton Manual suggests benzodiazepines should be withdrawn no faster than 10% every two weeks – although experts in the field now typically use 5% every two weeks.
Illicit drug users ( of which there are approximately 400,000 in the UK), are maintained on methadone , rather than withdrawing from the medication. Ex addict Russel Brand made an excellent case to change this in his program “From Addiction to Recovery”
-and things look as though they are about to change – changes to funding currently being introduced will mean that the smaller best practice rehabilitation centers are likely to go out of business and the small charities helping withdraw people from benzodiazepine s, z drugs and SSRIs likewise.
The Nation Scandal gets bigger.
So why is this story on a commmunity action group website. Simply this story effects somebody you know – in our community – and you can do something to help them. Tell them.
DO NOT STOP TAKING THESE MEDICATIONS ABRUPTLY – this can be extremely dangerous.
The best course of action is to contact CITAp – The Council for information on Tranquillisers, Antidpressants and painkillers (and sleeping tablets)
It may not surprise you – but drinking red bull does not give you wings
As such the company has agreed to pay out an estimated $13,000,000 to customers who believe they were mislead by this false advertising (as long as you live in the USA)
However, the plaintiff claimed that Red Bull actually has less caffeine than the average cup of coffee, he felt he had grounds for a lawsuit.
Since the lawsuit settlement, anyone who has purchased a Red Bull energy drink since 2002 is entitled to a $10 or $15 Red Bull product with free shipping. However, Red Bull admits no wrongdoing
It just goes to prove you cant believe everything you read – although most people who have followed our website already know that.
At last a hint of sanity may be appearing according to YAHOO
* Deal fixes 7 percent limit for biofuels from food crops
BHEAG comment – sustainability is KEY – northern hemisphere forests – the majority of the world’s carbon sinks are being destroyed at an unprecedented rate.
The latest in the string of appeals regarding turbine applications in the Bolton area, has been rejected. The planning inspectorate has consistently backed Bolton Planning committee in upholding the rights of residents.
The current decsions (which can be found 2209440 DECISION ) goes one step further and highlights an issued raised in so many of the applications
16 . However, as I have set out above another wind turbine has planning permission nearby, which could be constructed. The appellant’s noise assessment does not take account of the potential combined effect of the 2 wind turbines operating at the same time. Without this information it is not possible to determine whether the proposal would result in unacceptable cumulative noise levels for local residents. Moreover, this matter cannot be dealt with by planning conditions because it is not clear whether the
recommended noise levels could be met. Consequently, such an approach would conflict with the advice on planning conditions in the PPG. In the absence of this information the proposal would conflict with the advice in ETSUR- 97 and this weighs heavily against the proposal
Similarly the comment “Whether the harm by reason of inappropriateness, and any other harm, is clearly outweighed by other considerations, so as to amount to the very special circumstances necessary to justify the development” must send a clear message to planning committee members that a new property simply being of exceptional design cannot possibly meet this requirement -it just minimises the harm.
If you are over 45 – the world population has doubled in your lifetime.In 1968 the world population was 3.5 billion – today it exceeds 7.2 billion. It grows by over 200,000 daily.
The first photograph was taken in 1826. It is estimated that approximately 880 billion photographs will be taken in 2014. 10% of all the photographs ever taken were taken in the last twelve months.
In less than 70 years mankind learnt how to fly and landed a man on the moon.
There are whales alive today – that were alive before Moby Dick was written
Oxford university is older than the Aztecs
“There are not exceptional circumstances for this development, so it’s a lump of steel in the green belt.”
– 132 (genuine local) objections as well as three local MPs and five councillors, against 300 letters in support – how much has this cost the Bolton council tax payer – again !!!!!
The application is refused by a majority with Cllr Peel – who once seemed to liken the situation to a football match, stating that such an important local issue should be dealt with on a national basis – so much for local democracy. The score now 8-0 ?
Whilst there is a national energy issue, there is no need to sacrifice the legal rights of constituents, in order to try to resolve it.
All the applications , which have been refused by planning committee have gone to appeal – and the planning inspector has upheld the original decision of the planning committee in 100% of cases. .
The turbine debate has been unpleasant and costly in Bolton , for applicants, councillors, planning officers and residents. No doubt this refusal will go to appeal. Thus far the legal position has been clearly in the favour of residents, and the preservation of our greenbelt, rather than applicants.
The green belt is special and it is important that it is preserved -a few groups around Bolton have helped ensure its future – at least for a little while longer – these groups are extremely grateful for the support of the majority of councillors from all sides.
Birch Farm turbine appeal has now been withdrawn.
A new application, for the removal of two smaller turbines and erection of a 67 meter turbine has now been received.
This will now be considered at planning committee 06 March. The planning officer is reccomending refusal
At this time residents groups, including BHEAG, have been fully supported by Bolton Planning Commitee and not a single turbine decision has been over turned by the inspectorate.
The appeal has been dismissed due to the harm to the outlook of neighbours and also the harm to the greenbelt
“However, the Written Ministerial Statement of 10 October 2013 makes the
point that the need for renewable energy does not automatically override
environmental protection and stresses that sufficient weight should be given to
environmental considerations such as local amenity. In this instance I give
substantial weight to the harm that the proposed turbine would cause to the
outlook of neighbouring residents. I also give substantial weight to the harm
that the proposed turbine would cause to the Green Belt by reason of its
inappropriateness and to the harm, albeit slight, that it would cause to
The decision can be found here
As we leave 2013 behind us the appeal for the Douglas Valley turbine has not yet been decided and Armstrong’s have suffered yet another fire at the Horwich recycling plant
Over the other-side the Birches farm appeal has yet to be considered, with both the applicant and Bolton council objecting to the way the appeal has been handled. The Bury MP – David Nuttall has written to the secretary of state with concerns in the opposite direction – highlighting residents concerns and as a result the application has been called in, to be determined by the Secretary of State. For good measure the applicant has submitted a new application for an even larger turbine, proposing to dismantle the two already present.
Over at Slack lane the applicant has requested an application called in and determined by the Secretary of State- which seems rather strange as the required information to determine the application was clearly not present – unless the strategy was to prevent community involvement – which also seems strange as the secretary of state has emphasised the important of this.
The focus on off shore wind farm was then dealt a massive blow as billions of pounds of investment are shelved and two power houses reduce their plans for off shore wind farms due to “market conditions” as Ed Milliband proposes to freeze energy bills for 20 months – which seems to mean that market forces and exchange rates will be ignored or there needs to be a massive price increase to provide for the contingency.
Biofuelwatch have issued a new report on the devastation being caused by the UK policy on commercial biomass -Biomass – The chain of destruction
UK companies have now announced plans to burn 82 million tonnes of biomass (mainly wood ) in power stations each year – more than 8 times the UK’s annual wood production. – the UK already relies on 80% net wood imports. the land grab in Brazil for eucalyptus plantings is resulting in the loss of forest eco systems.
Meanwhile 2Oc have signed a 20 year deal with Thames water – worth over £200M and construction has started on the CHP plant at Beckton
One thing is clear – the lights in the UK will go out in the next few years and the country is desperate for more generation capacity. It is important that renewable energy, championed by the government, is not confused with sustainable energy. It is important that the implications of loss of forest and land for crops and food in order to grow fuel crops is considered. It is equally important that there is an open debate about how we fuel the future – as the UK closes it coal plants -or converts them to forest destroying biomass plants it is estimated coal will not make a contribution to UK energy supply by 2030 – This year it is estimated china burned 4 billion tonnes (that is 4,000,000,000 tonnes – )of coal – realising about 70% of China’s power production. In the USA the figure is 35%.
– and then we import their products due to cheaper production costs – what price our Planet ?
Happy New Year
The All Party Parliamentary Group on the Greenbelt is seeking responses from interested parties and groups about how Greenbelt land is protected and preserved for the future.
The group intends to publish a report on the basis of this evidence in Spring 2014, with oral evidence sessions also being held in the New Year.
In particular, the group would like to focus on issues including:
· What has been the effect of the abolition of Regional Spatial Strategies and the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework in the context of the preservation of greenbelt land?
· Which local councils are taking their obligations on greenbelt preservation seriously and which local councils are placing greenbelt land under threat?
· What new policy ideas should be considered to increase greenbelt protection?
· Should brownfield land in greenbelt areas have the same protection as Greenfield land in greenbelt areas?
· How can we increase local community engagement in protecting the greenbelt?
· How can it be made clearer to the media the important distinction between ‘greenfield’ land and ‘greenbelt’ land- with the importance of greenbelt being highlighted as separate from greenfield.
· How do we balance the need to sustain the greenbelt with the need for sustainable communities?
· Should certain areas of greenbelt land be given higher protection than other areas?
· What should the greenbelt look like for the twenty first century?
Responses and submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to APPG Greenbelt, Room 20, Norman Shaw North, House of Commons, SW1A 0AA.
Deadline for submissions is 31 January 2014.
Just a few days after BHEAG was granted Rule 6 status, in the appeal , the appelants have withdrawn the appeal.
It is believed the reason for this is that the turbines were simply to close to residential property – something we believe is reinforced by the recent planning guidance for renewable energy. The inspector specifically requested the various parties to consider the implications of the document.
For the second time in recent years – BHEAG has been granted rule six status at an appeal.
The main benefit is that BHEAG now have the same status as the other parties, and receive all the evidence before the inquiry beings. At the inquiry BHEAG can act as an advocate, cross-examine the other parties, as well as giving evidence-in-chief put witnesses up to support the case. Rule 6 party is relatively uncommon – in no small part due to the massive workload.
In this way it ensures residents who are directly affected can have there concerns raised through the group and can in some way feel more equally represented – after all the applicants have their agent and legal representation and similarly the Council. At the previous inquiry where BHEAG were granted rule 6 , it enabled the inspector to ask some rather pertinent questions resulting in regulation 19 requests (ie there had been insufficient data to consider the application and ensure that the rights of the general public and residents were not compromised)
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