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Migaloo spotted off the Gold Coast

Migaloo came back again.

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"Migaloo, the famous Albino humpback whale was spotted off the Gold Coast, sending his legion of fans in to a frenzy."

Source:

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/migaloo-spotted-off-the-gold-coast/story-fndo317g-1226482573961

Migaloo website:

http://migaloo.com.au/

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National Public Lands Day

It's a fee-free day to give back to our wild spaces; give back and admire them, too.

Sept 27, 2012

By Alysia Gray Painter

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National parks that charge an entrance fee will waive them in honor of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 29. (pictured: the redwood coast)

Gee should have gotten this on here sooner, but if anyone is close,you still have time to go and have some fun w/o paying....TODAY is the day....

"GIVING BACK: While there are a number of fee-free days at the national parks throughout the year, and an entire week each spring, National Public Lands Day is a bit different. Oh, there's no admission charged to get into the national parks that usually charge a fee; that's the same as other fee-free days. But National Public Lands Day is truly about giving back and helping the land. Over 170,000 people regularly help out, meaning that they're not just entering our parks to take snapshots and create funny poses in front of magnificent vistas; they are there to plant trees, clean trails, harvest food, and do the countless tasks that must be done to keep our wild spaces looking beautiful and accessible to all. Of course, if you want to visit one of our splendid natural spaces to just play, that's fine, but if you want to help? You can.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29: That's the date for 2012. "More than 2,100 sites" will be visited by volunteers, ready to work with gloves and sunblock on. And people ready to lend a hand won't merely be in the national parks; they'll be hitting local community gardens and green spaces, too. If you do want to go the national park route, for a little early autumn recreation, you can; here's the info from NPS, and a look ahead to the last fee-free days of the year, Veteran's Day Weekend."

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/blogs/worth-the-drive/National-Public-Lands-Day-170416496.html

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NASA'S RBSP TEAM REPORTS:PROBES HAS SENT BACK A BEAUTIFUL EARTH SONG

October 1, 2012

"MessageToEagle.com - Now, NASA's twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes are traveling through the region of space where chorus actually comes from--and the recordings are out of this world.

A NASA spacecraft has just beamed back a beautiful song sung by our own planet.

"It's called chorus," explains Craig Kletzing of the University of Iowa. "This is one of the clearest examples we've ever heard."

Chorus is an electromagnetic phenomenon caused by plasma waves in Earth's radiation belts. For years, ham radio operators on Earth have been listening to them from afar."

ScienceCasts: The Sound of Earthsong

Published on Sep 27, 2012 by ScienceAtNASA

Visit http://science.nasa.gov/ for more.

"A NASA spacecraft has recorded eerie-sounding radio emissions coming from our own planet. These beautiful "songs of Earth" could, ironically, be responsible for the proliferation of deadly electrons in the Van Allen Belts."

http://www.messagetoeagle.com/rbspsearthsong.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Messagetoeaglecom+%28Message+To+Eagle+-+News%29#.UGopkaTyYdo

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Meet the schoolgirl, 12, who has an IQ of 162... making her brainier than Einstein and Stephen Hawking

Olivia Manning from Liverpool has been accepted into Mensa

12-year-old says pupils are now asking her to do their homework

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

PUBLISHED: 16:08, 3 October 2012 | UPDATED: 19:13, 3 October 2012

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2212306/Olivia-Manning-Meet-schoolgirl-12-IQ-162--making-brainier-Einstein-Stephen-Hawking.html

A 12-year-old schoolgirl has been accepted into Mensa after discovering she is brainier than both Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.

Olivia Manning, from Liverpool, managed to get a whopping score in an IQ test of 162 - well above the 100 average.

Her score is not only two points better than genius German physicist Einstein and Professor Stephen Hawking, but puts her in the top one per cent of intelligent people in the world.

She has now been given the honour of being welcomed into Mensa - meaning she will join a network of brains from across the globe.

As a confirmed genius, Olivia is now getting celebrity status at her school - the North Liverpool Academy in Everton.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mensa_International

Hopefully an up and coming Chanitte in the making.

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Nice one... now lets see how long it takes them to Dumb her down... still she is bright enough to see that around her... Good story great to hear about the bright young minds appearing on the planet.  8)

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For my 3,000 post....I wanted to post something to this thread....Even though this is from Sept. 26, 2012...I believe it fits very nicely..

Former Filipino street kid, 13, wins International Children's Peace Prize

By Isolde Raftery, NBC News

"As a child living in the Philippines, Kesz Valdez was beaten by his father, forced to make money to buy him drugs and alcohol.

At 4, Kesz ran away to a dump site, struggling to stay alive. After he was gravely wounded from falling in a pile of burning tires, a man named Harnin Manalaysay cared for him and eventually became his guardian.

On his seventh birthday, Kesz told Manalaysay that he didn’t want birthday presents. Rather, he wanted to give gifts to street kids. Now Kesz is 13, and his charity, Championing Community Children, has given gifts to 5,000 street kids in Cavite City, an act of selflessness that has earned Kesz the 2012 International Children’s Peace Prize, an honor that comes with $130,000.

Today, Kesz educates children living on the streets about personal hygiene and he takes care of their wounds, according to a video made about his story.

"I teach the children how to wash hands properly, brush their teeth daily and bathe regularly. I believe that some of these street children we save will pay the act forward to help champion their own communities," he told GMA News Online.

Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu, a retired Anglican bishop from South Africa who opposed Apartheid, presented the award on Sept. 19."

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/26/14114432-former-filipino-street-kid-13-wins-international-childrens-peace-prize?lite

My hat is off to Kesz, a true hero to how many other children?...

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great to see Breezy, change always comes from the base for humanity and works its way up, lets hope this leads to better things, an example for all.

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Time to save a baby Elephant

"We rescued this young eight months old calf early this week. Luckily the

report came in early in the morning and we were able to get there quick

before the mother was forced to leave by herders arriving to water

their cattle. It was a happy ending as we were able to reunite the calf

with her mother, Zombe." Amboseli Trust for Elephants

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=704_1350489947

Tx for the lead Reddwolf...

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The whale who learned to talk: Incredible story of 'Noc'

who could imitate a human's voice and used an underwater microphone to make contact with scientists

•Whale was able to produce distinctly human sounds, fooling divers

•Researchers now believe the unique animal may have been trying to make contact with humans

By Mark Prigg

PUBLISHED: 11:00 EST, 22 October 2012

"A white whale which learnt to imitate the voices of humans may have been trying to make contact, scientists believe.

The male named Noc had a distinctly human-like voice, much to the surprise of scientists who previously thought whales typically produce sounds in a manner that is wholly different from humans.

Noc died five years ago after 30 years of living amongst dolphins and other white whales and being in contact with humans at the National Marine Mammal Foundation based in San Diego in California."

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2221405/Incredible-audio-reveals-white-whale-trying-make-contact-humans.html#ixzz2A5B34c9R

and here

http://www.france24.com/en/20121022-us-scientists-report-whale-making-human-voice-sounds

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Baby Panda Takes First Steps

San Diego Zoo's Adorable Cub Learns To Walk (VIDEO)

Published on Oct 18, 2012 by SDZoo

He squeaks, he blinks those baby eyes, and he's learning to walk! Our panda cub boy is taking the "next steps"!

"A new video released yesterday by the San Diego Zoo shows a baby panda learning how to walk. Blinking and squeaking, the adorable panda cub pushes itself up slowly, managing a step or two before tumbling over sleepily.

The cub's first steps were recorded during the yet unnamed bear's ninth check-up at the zoo, where his measurements and weight were recorded.

Now 11 weeks old, the cub is 21.6 inches long and weighs 7.2 pounds. He's also growing little teeth, becoming more active and climbing out of his den himself, according to the zoo.

The son of 20-year-old Bai Yun, the little panda has been nicknamed "Sausage" by zookeepers, but per a Chinese cultural tradition, officials are waiting until the 100-day mark to name the cub.

A lot of attention has been focused on "Sausage" given the recent tragedy at the National Zoo in Washington. It was recently revealed that the death of its 6-day-old giant panda cub was caused by liver and lung problems."

ohhhhh...read about this little bear here...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/19/baby-panda-takes-first-steps-san-diego-zoo_n_1987946.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

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Just too cute! Adorable red panda cubs born at British zoo that look like teddy bears emerge from their nest box for first time

By STEVE NOLAN

PUBLISHED: 11:41, 24 October 2012 | UPDATED: 13:34, 24 October 2012

These adorable pictures show the moment two cuddly red panda cubs take their first look at the outside world as they emerge from their den for the very first time.

Not only are the little pair super cute but they are also extremely rare and the first creatures of their kind to be born at Cotswold Wildlife Park in a decade after mother Scarlet gave birth back in June.

Keepers at the park were stunned at the birth as they had no idea that first-time mother Scarlet was pregnant with the male cubs.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2222304/Just-cute-Adorable-red-panda-cubs-born-British-zoo-look-like-teddy-bears-emerge-nest-box-time.html

aaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeee how cute are these puppies

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I know this is  the strictly good news thread and after reading this article i thought it should belong here as its romance at its best;

http://spaceweather.com/

BRIDE, GROOM, AURORAS: Space weather can have a big influence on human affairs--and we're not just talking about radio blackouts and power outages. Last night, photographers Ronn Murray and Marketa Stanczykova were married under the Northern Lights in Alaska, and according to the groom, it was space weather that brought them together:

"Marketa Stanczykova and I met after a she looked me up from Iceland when she found this image on the cover of spaceweather.com 1 year and 21 days ago," explains Ronn. "We became friends on Facebook and after shooting auroras together in Alaska we fell in love. So, we gathered a small group of friends and headed up to the University of Alaska's Poker Flat Research Range where the aurora is studied. Last night we said 'I do' in front of the AuroraCam for all the world to see.

"This is a self portrait of the Aurora and wedding photographers celebrating their own love under the magnificent lights."

"The sky was dark and aurora activity was non existent until we pulled up to the observatory. As if by magic, the sky came alive and we were able to say our vows with a select group of incredible friends, the amazing aurora that brought us together, and the Aurora Cam as our witnesses. It was a day none of us will forget!"

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Elephant mimics Korean with help of his trunk

November 1, 2012

By Rebecca Morelle

Science reporter, BBC News

"An Asian elephant called Koshik has astounded scientists with his Korean language skills.

Researchers report that the mammal has learnt to imitate human speech and can say five words in Korean: hello, no, sit down, lie down and good.

The zoo animal places the tip of his trunk into his mouth to transform his natural low rumble into a convincing impression of a human voice.

The study is published in the journal Current Biology.

Koshik's vocal abilities mean that elephants now join a growing list of animals that are able to mimic man, from parrots and mynah birds to more unusual animals such as sea lions or the recently reported case of a human-sounding beluga whale.

Meaningful conversation?

The study's lead author Dr Angela Stoeger, from the University of Vienna in Austria, said she first came across Koshik after videos of the elephant, who belongs to Everland Zoo in South Korea, were posted on YouTube.

After making contact with the zoo, she went to South Korea to record the animal so she could study its unusual vocal talent.

Dr Stoeger said: "We asked native Korean speakers, who had never experienced the elephant before, to write down what they understood when we played back recordings from Koshik.

"We found a high agreement of the overall meaning."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20142858#TWEET326801

Understanding how animals imitate sounds can help scientists to better understand human language

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China Celebrates Birth of 8 Giant Panda Cubs

Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News

Date: 02 November 2012

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"China is experiencing a giant panda baby boom, given that eight new cubs were born this year at the world's largest giant panda reserve, the Chengdu Panda Base.

"Pambassador finalist Melissa Katz from the U.S. formally announced the new additions today in Chengdu and all the cubs are in good health and were photographed together for the first time," Alejandro Grau, a spokesperson for the reserve, told Discovery News."

http://www.livescience.com/24494-china-celebrates-birth-of-8-giant-panda-cubs.html

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Tokelau world's first place to run entirely on solar

The island territory of Tokelau has become the world's first place to run entirely on solar power.

"The islands - home to about 1,500 people - recently switched on the third and final instalment of its energy grid last week, which was built with the help of a $7 million grant from New Zealand.

The new system saves Tokelau from importing all its energy as diesel, which used to cost up to $1 million each year."

More at the Source:

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-11-07/tokelau-worlds-first-place-to-run-entirely-on-solar/1042382

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Bat-inspired tech lets blind man ride mountain bike

November 13, 2012

John Roach, NBC News

"A blind college student has successfully ridden a mountain bike down a trail with the help of bat-inspired technology that provides advanced warning of obstacles in the path so the rider can steer around them.

Dan Smith lost his sight a year ago due to Leber’s Optic Neuropathy, a rare condition that leads to loss of vision when cells in the optic nerve die, causing it to stop relaying information from the eyes to brain.

His mountain bike was outfitted with a modified version of an Ultracane, which aids in mobility by emitting ultrasonic waves, the same way bats and dolphins navigate via echolocation. Tactile signals in the cane warn users of obstacles in their path.

On the bike, the handlebars vibrated when an object was close on the left or right. "I was pretty skeptical at first, coming from an engineering background, but I was blown away by how effective the bat echolocation technology was," Smith said in Bristol University news release.

The mountain-biking feat was featured in an episode of the BBC program Miracles of Nature that aired in the UK on Monday. Unfortunately, the episode is currently unavailable for online viewing in the U.S. "

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Dan Smith, who is blind, stands next to a mountain bike he rode

Read whole story and watch video here

http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/futureoftech/bat-inspired-tech-lets-blind-man-ride-mountain-bike-1C7038054#/technology/futureoftech/bat-inspired-tech-lets-blind-man-ride-mountain-bike-1C7038054

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Extraordinary white humpback whale documented off Norway

November 16, 2012

By: Pete Thomas, GrindTV.com

"Mariners who spend lots of time at sea are witness to all sorts of amazing sights, but very rarely does one get to witness the almost mythical white whale. Dan Fisher has seen and documented this animal. While crewing aboard the three-masted SV Antigua in August, in the waters of Norway's Svalbard Archipelago, Fisher made the sighting of what looks to be a pure white humpback whale from high on the mast. (For whatever reason, Fisher waited until recently to release his footage and share his story. These are his images, Wildlife Extra. Scroll down for video.)"

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"The whale first appeared as a white hump on the horizon, and was swimming with other humpbacks.

"As I realized it was a white whale, I was amazed," Fisher told the Daily Mail. "I quickly climbed the mast to get a good vantage point and captured these pictures. Afterwards we were all talking and decided to dub him Willow the white whale."

width=500 height=312http://static.grindtv.com/images/1/00/40/81/83/408183.jpg[/img]News of the sighting began circulating on the Internet this week.

White whales are rare and the most famous among them, of course, is Moby Dick, a fictional sperm whale in the 1851 Herman Melville classic novel of the same name.

Read more, watch video here

http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/41905/extraordinary+white+humpback+whale+documented+off+norway/

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Lonesome George Was Not Alone!

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"Lonesome George, a giant tortoise who died this past summer, was thought to be the last of his species. DNA evidence now, however, suggests more of his kind might still exist."

Source:

http://news.discovery.com/animals/lonesome-george-may-not-have-been-last-of-his-kind-20121116.html

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2012/11/lonesome-george-was-not-alone/

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Self-taught African Teen Wows M.I.T.

November 16, 2012

Published on Nov 16, 2012 by thnkrtv

15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.

Kelvin became the youngest person in history to be invited to the "Visiting Practitioner's Program" at MIT. THNKR had exclusive access to Kelvin and his life-changing journey - experiencing the US for the first time, exploring incredible opportunities, contending with homesickness, and mapping out his future.

Pretty Impressive story this one is...Congratulations  to this Young Man..from Sierra Leone

Special thanks to Reddwolf for pointing out this story to me...good news is so danged hard to find...

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Arizona’s $588 Million Powerball Winner Comes Forward

HOMELESS MAN WINS

NOVEMBER 29, 2012

By Jimmy Rustling

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"Phoenix, AZ— This morning lottery officials were pleased to announce that one of the two winners in last night’s Powerball drawing has come forward. That lucky person is Paul Horner from Fountain Hills, Arizona. He is one of the two winners in Wednesday’s record $588 million Powerball jackpot. Mr. Horner won by correctly matching all five numbers and then also the Powerball.

Mr. Horner was ecstatic when he arrived at the Phoenix Lottery Office this morning says lottery official Debbie Arnette. “He had a smile from ear to ear. He was screaming at the top of his lungs that he had won, it was quite a sight to see,” Arnette says. “Then after we verified the winning ticket and finalized everything, we learned that Mr. Horner was homeless. He said the night before he had been sleeping on a park bench and was begging for change.” Arnette continued, “He told us that his wife had left him and took the kids to Wyoming after he lost his job at a meat packing factory in Phoenix last January. It made me tear up, what can I say, I’m a softy. This will truly be a rags to riches story.”

Horner talked to reporters telling them of his plans for his new found wealth and how he had picked the winning numbers. “First of all, I hope my wife will take me back and I can be with my kids again. That’s really all I want,” Horner said. “I’ve seen first hand how it is out there on the streets. I plan to give a lot of that money back to help others in need.” Horner continued, “As for how I picked the numbers, it was really easy. My youngest son Tim is five years old, my daughter Stephanie is 16, I married my wife when I was 22 and she was 23, and the 29th is the date when I planned to win all these millions,” Horner laughs for a moment, but that laughter quickly turns to tears. “And the number 6 is how many kids my wife and I had planned to have before she left me.”

http://superofficialnews.com/arizonas-588-million-powerball-winner-comes-forward/

and all he could think about was hoping his wife would take him back....DAMN !!!

CONGRATULATIONS MR.HOMER, YOU WERE ALREADY A WINNER

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102-Year-Old Woman Still Drives Her 82-Year-Old Car

She's held her driver's license for 90 years

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July 2011....yes over a year old...but still a great and inspiring story...

"Most classic car owners are accustomed to the unusual looks other motorists cast toward their relics on the road. But when Margaret Dunning is behind the wheel of her 1930 Packard 740 Roadster, she draws more attention than her vehicle.

Dunning, age 102, may be one of a small handful of classic-car drivers who can lay claim to the fact they're older than their vehicles.

She was born in 1910, and lives in Plymouth, Michigan, twenty years before her beloved Packard. She's been driving since she was 8 years old, and officially received her license at 12, after her father died. In an appearance at the Concours d' Elegance last month, Dunning recounted her start as an automotive aficionado.

"I'm just a farm girl, and my dad had a lot of machinery, and I adored my dad," she said. "I became familiar with the tools, because the minute I said I didn't know what I was looking for, he'd say, 'Go back to the house.'"

She owns several classic vehicles. In addition to the Packard, she includes a '66 Cadillac DeVille, a '75 Cadillac Eldorado convertible and a 1931 Model A in her collection. The one she still drives the most? Her everyday car, an '03 Cadillac DeVille. Occasionally, she still changes her own oil.

"Before old age overtook me, I could scoot under the car very nicely," she said. 

http://autos.aol.com/article/102-year-old-woman-still-drives-her-82-year-old-car/?ncid=txtlnkusauto00000020

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Photographer's amazing image reveals 'tornado' of schooling fish

Dec. 14, 2012

Pete Thomas, GrindTV.com

"An image showing a photographer standing on the sea floor, dwarfed by an enormous and towering "tornado" of fish has been an extremely popular share item on Facebook for weeks. Now the details behind the image are being shared by Mission Blue. The photographer is a scientist named Octavio Aburto, and the location was Cabo Pulmo National Park, a vast marine reserve in Mexico's Sea of Cortez, north of Cabo San Lucas on Baja California's tip."

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Octavio Aburto's "David and Goliath" image shows schooling jacks in courtship behavior at Cabo Pulmo in Mexico. The event was also captured on video (posted below)

Read the rest of the story and watch the video here...

http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/47239/photographers%20amazing%20image%20reveals%20tornado%20of%20schooling%20fish/

Tx Reddwolf

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