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Russia reveals shiny state secret: It's awash in extraterrestrial diamonds

Russia has just declassified news that will shake world gem markets to their core: the discovery of a vast new diamond field containing "trillions of carats," enough to supply global markets for another 3,000 years.

The Soviets discovered the bonanza back in the 1970s beneath a 35-million-year-old, 62-mile diameter asteroid crater in eastern Siberia known as Popigai Astroblem.

They decided to keep it secret, and not to exploit it, apparently because the USSR's huge diamond operations at Mirny, in Yakutia, were already producing immense profits in what was then a tightly controlled world market.

The veil of secrecy was finally lifted over the weekend, and Moscow permitted scientists from the nearby Novosibirsk Institute of Geology and Mineralogy to talk about it with Russian

The type of stones at Popigai are known as "impact diamonds," which theoretically result when something like a meteor plows into a graphite deposit at high velocity. The Russians say most such diamonds found in the past have been "space diamonds" of extraterrestrial origin found in meteor craters.

They claim the Popigai site is unique in the world, thus making Russia the monopoly proprietor of a resource that's likely to become increasingly important in high-precision scientific and industrial processes.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Tue Sep 18, 2012, 03:28 AM (0 replies)

New recordings of Chorus of Earth from new satellite


Researchers from the Electric and Magnetic Field Instrument Suite and Integrated Science (EMFISIS) team at the University of Iowa have released a new recording of an intriguing and well-known phenomenon known as “chorus,” made on Sept. 5, 2012. The Waves tri-axial search coil magnetometer and receiver of EMFISIS captured several notable peak radio wave events in the magnetosphere that surrounds the Earth. The radio waves, which are at frequencies that are audible to the human ear, are emitted by the energetic particles in the Earth’s magnetosphere.

“People have known about chorus for decades,” says EMFISIS principal investigator Craig Kletzing, of the University of Iowa. “Radio receivers are used to pick it up, and it sounds a lot like birds chirping. It was often more easily picked up in the mornings, which along with the chirping sound is why it’s sometimes referred to as ‘dawn chorus.’”

Launched on Aug. 30, 2012, RBSP is part of NASA's Living With a Star Program to explore aspects of the connected sun-Earth system that directly affect life and society. LWS is managed by the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. APL built the RBSP spacecraft and will manage the mission for NASA.


Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Mon Sep 17, 2012, 11:45 AM (9 replies)

Photo: Dialup warning Solar Flare

August 31 2012

The filament had been held up for days by the Sun's ever changing magnetic field and the timing of the eruption was unexpected. Watched closely by the Sun-orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory, the resulting explosion shot electrons and ions into the Solar System, some of which arrived at Earth three days later and impacted Earth's magnetosphere, causing visible aurorae

At least the earth would have three days to shut down the electrical grid if we experienced a Carrington Event, because of this NASA satellite. The photo almost looks like a painting but its not.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Mon Sep 17, 2012, 11:13 AM (6 replies)

Netanyahu : Iran close to having nuclear bomb ......Wait did he say that in 1992?

Netanyahu in 1992: Iran close to having nuclear bomb

Posted on 09/16/2012 by Juan Cole

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is trapped in reflection theory. He was allegedly himself involved in illegally smuggling nuclear triggers out of the US, and he assumes that Iran desperately wants a nuclear weapon as well. But Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has given a fatwa against nukes, and there is no solid intelligence pointing to an Iranian weapons program. Iran can’t be close to having a weapon if it doesn’t have a weapons program.

He has no credibility left on such warnings.

Reprint edn.:

Scott Peterson at the Christian Science Monitor did a useful timeline for dire Israeli and US predictions of an imminent Iranian nuclear weapon, beginning 20 years ago.

1992: Israeli member of parliament Binyamin Netanyahu predicts that Iran was “3 to 5 years” from having a nuclear weapon.

1992: Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres predicts an Iranian nuclear warhead by 1999 to French TV.

1995: The New York Times quotes US and Israeli officials saying that Iran would have the bomb by 2000.

1998: Donald Rumsfeld tells Congress that Iran could have an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the US by 2003.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Mon Sep 17, 2012, 09:29 AM (10 replies)

2008- McCain Defends Czechoslovakia, A Non-Existent Country -- Again

At a press availability today, John McCain expressed concern about relations between Russia and a country that hasn't existed for quite some time. According to a rough pool report transcript, he said:

"I was concerned about a couple of steps that the Russian government took in the last several days. One was reducing the energy supplies to Czechoslovakia. Apparently that is in reaction to the Czech's agreement with us concerning missile defense, and again some of the Russian now announcement they are now retargeting new targets, something they abandoned at the end of the Cold War, is also a concern."

Work In Czechoslovakia says a preacher 5 days ago


I think they went to the same school of stupidity.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Mon Sep 17, 2012, 06:11 AM (5 replies)

Mitt Romney's Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Mon Sep 17, 2012, 02:49 AM (4 replies)

Liz Cheney Claims Obama Has "Abandoned" Czechoslovakia

On ABC This Week with George Stephanopoulos:


Obama must of been talking to the Prime Minister of Great Britain Chamberlain

Smart people will never be on the conservative side.
as republican leaders admit.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Sun Sep 16, 2012, 12:03 PM (41 replies)

Solar eclipse on Mars- photo

Technically, this is called a transit – when a much smaller body passes in front of a larger one. Usually, there’s some science that can come from this; the timing of the transit gives a better orbit for the moon (since the rover’s location on the surface is precisely known), and so on. In this case, though, we study Phobos with other orbiting spacecraft, so I’d think its orbit and position are extremely well determined.

Phobos orbits Mars pretty close in, just about 6000 km (3600 miles) above the surface of Mars – compare that to the 400,000 km distance from the Earth to the Moon! Phobos is so close that it transits the Sun pretty much every day for some location on Mars, making this something of a less-than-rare event. It’ll only be a year before it happens again at Curiosity’s location.


Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Sun Sep 16, 2012, 05:26 AM (1 replies)

Obama and 'His Leftist Minions'

King: Obama and 'His Leftist Minions' are Working Every Day to Undermine America
Submitted by Kyle Mantyla on Fri, 09/14/2012 - 5:35pm
Speaking today at the Values Voter Summit, Rep. Steve King declared that President Obama and "his leftist minions" are working every day "undermining the pillar of American exceptionalism, attempting to bring down the shining city on the hill turn it into rubble."

But, he declared, "we are not going to let them do that" because "we're going to serve God and country, in that order" and defeat Obama in November, which will be a victory for God:


Watch the crazies at the values voters summit on Sept 14 say crazy things.. like

Hillary Clinton to Shut Churches Down Next Year


Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Sat Sep 15, 2012, 12:39 PM (9 replies)

PHOTO: Biden meets mini Ryan.... or caption it yourself

Some how I thought of Ryan and Biden in the debates.... cute photo
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Sat Sep 15, 2012, 04:53 AM (2 replies)
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