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Dawn needs a home

February 21, 2014

A sweet, boxer mix pup is waiting for someone to notice her at the Brevard County Animal Services facility in Melbourne, Fla.

The dog, named “Dawn,” was taken in at the facility on Feb. 7 – at the time, she came in with another dog.

The day that Dawn’s owner showed up to the animal control facility should have been a joyous one…but it was not. The person took the other dog home and surrendered Dawn, leaving her behind, and at risk.

On Thursday, Coastal Boxer Rescue shared this about Dawn:

She’s a mix but looks more boxer in person. She is sooo sweet and just wants to crawl in your lap and bury her head. She’s terrified at the shelter and just wants to be with people. She is an owner surrender and is good with other dogs. She was found with a sibling but the owner took him back and left her!!

Please take a moment to network on Dawn’s behalf – she was betrayed by her former owner and deserves the chance to join a family who would never think of doing that to her again.


  • Petharbor link here
  • ID#A634707
  • (321) 253-6608
  • Said to be good with dogs and cats
  • Age approx. 1 year
  • Facebook thread here

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The ocean is broken

IT was the silence that made this voyage different from all of those before it.

Not the absence of sound, exactly.

The wind still whipped the sails and whistled in the rigging. The waves still sloshed against the fibreglass hull.

And there were plenty of other noises: muffled thuds and bumps and scrapes as the boat knocked against pieces of debris.

What was missing was the cries of the seabirds which, on all previous similar voyages, had surrounded the boat.

The birds were missing because the fish were missing.

Exactly 10 years before, when Newcastle yachtsman Ivan Macfadyen had sailed exactly the same course from Melbourne to Osaka, all he’d had to do to catch a fish from the ocean between Brisbane and Japan was throw out a baited line.

“There was not one of the 28 days on that portion of the trip when we didn’t catch a good-sized fish to cook up and eat with some rice,” Macfadyen recalled.

But this time, on that whole long leg of sea journey, the total catch was two.

No fish. No birds. Hardly a sign of life at all.

“In years gone by I’d gotten used to all the birds and their noises,” he said.

“They’d be following the boat, sometimes resting on the mast before taking off again. You’d see flocks of them wheeling over the surface of the sea in the distance, feeding on pilchards.”

But in March and April this year, only silence and desolation surrounded his boat, Funnel Web, as it sped across the surface of a haunted ocean.

North of the equator, up above New Guinea, the ocean-racers saw a big fishing boat working a reef in the distance.

“All day it was there, trawling back and forth. It was a big ship, like a mother-ship,” he said.

And all night it worked too, under bright floodlights. And in the morning Macfadyen was awoken by his crewman calling out, urgently, that the ship had launched a speedboat.

“Obviously I was worried. We were unarmed and pirates are a real worry in those waters. I thought, if these guys had weapons then we were in deep trouble.”

But they weren’t pirates, not in the conventional sense, at least. The speedboat came alongside and the Melanesian men aboard offered gifts of fruit and jars of jam and preserves.

“And they gave us five big sugar-bags full of fish,” he said.

“They were good, big fish, of all kinds. Some were fresh, but others had obviously been in the sun for a while.

“We told them there was no way we could possibly use all those fish. There were just two of us, with no real place to store or keep them. They just shrugged and told us to tip them overboard. That’s what they would have done with them anyway, they said.

“They told us that his was just a small fraction of one day’s by-catch. That they were only interested in tuna and to them, everything else was rubbish. It was all killed, all dumped. They just trawled that reef day and night and stripped it of every living thing.”

Macfadyen felt sick to his heart. That was one fishing boat among countless more working unseen beyond the horizon, many of them doing exactly the same thing.

No wonder the sea was dead. No wonder his baited lines caught nothing. There was nothing to catch.

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Have Scientists Discovered a 4th Domain? A Previously Unknown Branch of Life


“Huge discoveries remain to be made at the most fundamental level that may change our present conception about the origin of life and its evolution,” says virologist Jean-Michel Claverie, a coauthor of a seminal study, which has been published in this week’s issue of the journal Science.

There are three known domains of life: Bacteria; Archaea, another type of single-celled organism; and Eukaryotes. Scientists believe they may have discovered a fourth domain, a distinct, previously unknown branch of life. A study by the French National Research Agency at Aix-Marseille University that has uncovered two gigantic viruses dubbed “Pandoraviruses” because of the surprises they may hold for biologists -a reference to Pandora, the mythical Greek figure who opened a box and released evil into the world.

Our knowledge of Earth’s microbial biodiversity is still incomplete, says Claverie, who theorizes that the ancient ancestors of Pandoraviruses were once free-living cells that gradually lost most of their genes as they became parasitic. Pandoraviruses may expand our knowledge of life on Earth because they represent a fourth domain of microbial organisms.


One of the viruses, Pandoravirus salinus, was unearthed from sediments collected off the coast of Chile. The other, Pandoravirus dulcis, was discovered in a freshwater pond near Melbourne, Australia. “The fact that two of them were found almost simultaneously from very distant locations either indicate that we were incredibly lucky,” Claverie said, “or that they are not rare.”


In the beginning of their study, the French scientists thought both viruses were the same until they compared the two genome sequences and their encoded proteins, when they realized that the pair represented a new virus family, said Claverie.


To confirm that Pandoraviruses were indeed viruses, the researchers used light and electron microscopes, following their newfound entities through a complete replication cycle. The strange entities met all three key criteria to be labeled viruses.


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Date: 13 June 2013 Time: 12:12 PM ET




Iberia subduction zone
Possible future scenarios for the subduction zone developing off Spain’s coast.
CREDIT: João Duarte/Geology

A budding subduction zone offshore of Spain heralds the start of a new cycle that will one day pull the Atlantic Ocean seafloor into the bowels of the Earth, a new study suggests.

Understanding how subduction zones start is long-lasting mystery in plate tectonics, said lead study author João Duarte, a research fellow at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Subduction zones are key players in creating supercontinents and opening and closing Earth’s oceans. In a subduction zone, one of Earth’s tectonic plates dives beneath another, sinking into the mantle, the layer under the crust. As oceanic crust disappears, continents may draw closer together and collide, as has happened numerous times in the history of the planet. Subduction zones also spawn the biggest earthquakes on the planet, as in Japan, Chile and Alaska. [The 10 Biggest Earthquakes in History]

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Earth Watch Report  –  Extreme Weather



12.03.2013 Heat Wave Australia State of Victoria, Melbourne Damage level

Heat Wave in Australia on Tuesday, 12 March, 2013 at 12:51 (12:51 PM) UTC.

Paramedics are warning that heat is a silent killer as they work overtime dealing with callouts sparked by Melbourne’s record hot spell. Melbourne has made history with a nine-day heatwave of temperatures above 30C. The mercury hit 36.2C on Tuesday, marking the first nine-day run of 30-degree-plus days since records began in 1856, the weather bureau says. While the temperature in some parts of Melbourne reached 37 degrees, the official temperature gauge at Lonsdale Street, which has been the official recorder for 158 years, peaked at 36.2C at 4.16pm (AEDT). Bureau of Meteorology spokesman David Morrison said the remarkable hot spell will give way to strong winds as a cool change approaches on Wednesday. Ambulance Victoria operations manager Paul Holman said extra paramedics had been rostered to deal with heat-related callouts with a 25 per cent increase in workload.

He said overnight temperatures had not dropped, which did not give the ill and elderly time to recover from the heat. “The next 24 to 36 hours are going to be particularly dangerous for the community,” Mr Holman said. “Heat is a silent killer.” Mr Holman urged extra care for the elderly and young children and encouraged people to keep hydrated. The bureau predicts mild to warm weather for the rest of the week and cool, possibly rainy, conditions for the weekend. Fire authorities hold concerns over the strong winds, with an emergency warning issued but then later downgraded as a fast-moving grassfire burned around the Cashmore area in Victoria’s southwest. The fire prompted an evacuation notice, with firefighters protecting 30 homes in Portland West. The March heatwave comes on the back of a hot February, when Melbourne sweltered through six consecutive days above 30C. Overall, Melbourne experienced 14 days over 30C in February, equalling the previous record.



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08.03.2013 Heat Wave Australia State of Victoria, Melbourne Damage level Details


Heat Wave in Australia on Friday, 08 March, 2013 at 11:24 (11:24 AM) UTC.

Melbourne festival goers are being urged to stay safe over the long weekend as a heatwave continues to scorch the city. Ambulance Victoria emergency manager Justin Dunlop said paramedics expected more heat-related callouts over the busy Moomba festival and Labour Day long weekend, including Monday’s Moomba parade. “We’re expecting a lot of people out in the environment, in the community, and that always leads to lots of work,” he told reporters. “What we’d like people to do is when they’re partying by all means drink responsibly but don’t forget to drink lots of water.” The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting Melbourne could swelter through a string of 10 days above 30C, which started with Monday’s 33C day. Mr Dunlop said days of extreme heat could be fatal. “The worst consequences of the heat is we have people in the community pass away,” he said. He urged extra care for the elderly and young children who had trouble regulating their temperature. “It’s been a long period of heat and it’s going to drain everyone’s energy and we need to protect ourselves,” Mr Dunlop said. Kids left in cars were especially vulnerable, Mr Dunlop said. “Ten to 20 minutes is disastrous for a child in the heat.” Weather forecaster Stuart Coombs said Melbourne temperatures could reach into the 30s over the weekend and peak into the high 30s next week before cooling off on Thursday.


Melbourne’s current hot spell could smash records

Posted by: Michael James | 7 March, 2013 – 11:19 AM


Melbourne could be on the way to a new record if the current heat wave continues into next week.

The current record hot spell was set way back in February 1961 when the temperature stayed above 30°C for eight days in a row.

If this current run of hot days continues as the Bureau of Meteorology has forecast, it will smash the previous record by two days.

The streak started on Monday when the mercury reached 32.7°C, with the high temperature trend forecast to last until next Wednesday.

“We’re likely to see a cooler change come through next Thursday but that could be short lived,” Senior Forecaster Phil King said.

As the hot weather continue,s it emerged this morning that aircraft key to the state’s fire fighting arsenal are imminently approaching the end of their contracts.


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Earth Watch Report  –  Hazmat



HAZMAT in Australia on Wednesday, 28 November, 2012 at 04:12 (04:12 AM) UTC.

Twelve workers from a Laverton North factory were exposed to dangerous chemicals yesterday when three drums ruptured. A spokesperson from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade told Star that around 7.50am sodium hypochlorite, commonly known as bleach, leaked from barrels due to “over pressurisation” at a probiotec factory site in Cherry Lane in Laverton North. “Staff members have been evacuated to a nearby canteen area,” the spokesperson said. “Twelve people were exposed to fumes and one person was sent home with a headache.” The chemical spill caused traffic delays during the morning commute and the MFB spokesperson said crews from Laverton, Laverton North, Altona, Spotswood, Sunshine, Footscray and South Melbourne attended the incident. “There is a scientific officer on scene and health monitoring has been set up,” the spokesperson said. “It is a major Hazmat incident.” Crews were expected to be at the scene for several hours.




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Holistic Health  :  Nutrition

Green veggies kill cancer genes

(ANI): In a breakthrough study, researchers have uncovered how green vegetables fight diseases.
Numerous studies have found cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage contain cancer-fighting nutrients.
In the new study, researchers found that a key component of broccoli sprouts – sulforaphane – helps suppress breast cancer proliferation and growth, particularly by working through a mechanism called DNA methylation.
Linus Pauling Institute associate professor Emily Ho said this process “turns off genes” and helps control what DNA material gets read as part of genetic communication within cells. This process gets mixed up in cancer sufferers.
“It appears that DNA methylation and HDAC inhibition, both of which can be influenced by sulforaphane, work in concert with each other to maintain proper cell function,” News.com.au quoted nutritionist Teresa Boyce as saying.
“They sort of work as partners and talk to each other,” she said.
But it’s not just green veg that can fight disease.
Ginger could have the power to help manage high blood sugar levels which create complications for long-term diabetic patients.
“Eating more vegetables helps reduce the risk of disease in general because it prevents cells from going wrong, and that’s what cancer is,” she said.
“Minimal cooking is best because lots of vitamins, such as Vitamin C and folate, are destroyed by heat,” she added.
The study has been published in the Clinical Epigenetics journal. (ANI)

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Medical Research  :  Water

(ANI): The common belief that people should drink eight glasses or two litres of water a day is a myththat needs debunking, a Melbourne academic says.

The new Australian recommendations suggest an adequate daily fluid intake is about 2.8 litres for women and 3.4 litres for men.

However, this includes fluid found in food and beverages.

La Trobe University lecturer Spero Tsindos said that people could get their daily fluid intake from fruit, vegetables, juices and even tea and coffee.

If you’re feeling thirsty then drink by all means a beverage. It doesn’t have to be water, News.com.au quoted Tsindos as writing in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t drink water. I’m saying the need to drink two litres of water on a regular basis is a complete myth.

We should be telling people that beverages like tea and coffee contribute to a persons fluid needs and despite their caffeine content, do not lead to dehydration, Tsindos said.

He said that drinking a large quantity of water in one sitting to reach the daily intake level was pointless because it would not be distributed where it was needed. It would just dilute the urine.

Drinking large amounts of water to lose weight would not work either without a low-calorie diet, he emphasized.

There is further evidence that water and a well-balanced diet does far more than water alone, Tsindos wrote.

Water is important for health, however, the recommendation of eight glasses of pure water a day appears an overestimation of requirements, he said.

The eight glasses a day notion may have stemmed from guidelines published in the US in 1945, Tsindos wrote.

The National Academy of Sciences had recommended that about 2.5 litres of water should be consumed daily. (ANI)

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Dark chocolate ‘may lower blood pressure’

By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News

Boy licking chocolate off face Two chunks of dark chocolate should do it

There may be good news for people looking for an excuse to munch on a couple of squares of chocolate after a review showed the treat could reduce blood pressure.

An analysis of 20 studies showed that eating dark chocolate daily resulted in a slight reduction in blood pressure.

The Cochrane Group’s report said chemicals in cocoa, chocolate’s key ingredient, relaxed blood vessels.

However, there are healthier ways of lowering blood pressure.

The theory is that cocoa contains flavanols which produce a chemical in the body called nitric oxide. This ‘relaxes’ blood vessels making it easier for blood to pass through them, lowering the blood pressure.


The 100g of chocolate that had to be consumed daily in a number of the studies would also come with 500 calories – that’s a quarter of a woman’s recommended daily intake”


Victoria Taylor British Heart Foundation

However, studies have thrown up mixed results. The Cochrane analysis combined previous studies to see if there was really an effect.

There was a huge range in the amount of cocoa consumed, from 3g to 105g a day, by each participant. However, the overall picture was a small reduction in blood pressure.

A systolic blood pressure under 120mmHg (millimetres of mercury) is considered normal. Cocoa resulted in a 2-3mmHg reduction in blood pressure. However, the length of the trials was only two weeks so the longer term effects are unknown.

Lead researcher Karin Ried, from the National Institute of Integrative Medicine in Melbourne, Australia, said: “Although we don’t yet have evidence for any sustained decrease in blood pressure, the small reduction we saw over the short term might complement other treatment options and might contribute to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.”

High blood pressure is both common and deadly. It has been linked to 54% of strokes worldwide and 47% of cases of coronary heart disease.

However, chocolate packs plenty of fat and sugar as well as cocoa so is not the ideal way of lowering blood pressure.

Dark or milk?

There has also been a warning in the Lancet medical journal that dark chocolate may contain fewer flavanols than you might think. Dark chocolate contains a higher cocoa count than milk chocolate so should contain more flavanols, however, they can also be removed as they have a bitter taste.

Victoria Taylor, of the British Heart Foundation, said: “It’s difficult to tell exactly what sort of quantities of flavanol-rich cocoa would be needed to observe a beneficial effect and the best way for people to obtain it.

“With most of the studies carried out over a short period of time it’s also not possible to know for sure whether the benefits could be sustained in the long term. The 100g of chocolate that had to be consumed daily in a number of the studies would also come with 500 calories – that’s a quarter of a woman’s recommended daily intake.

“Beans, apricots, blackberries and apples also contain flavanols and, while containing lower amounts than in cocoa, they won’t come with the unhealthy extras found in chocolate.”




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