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Tune in to 91.7FM WMSE (wmse.org on your computer) today at 5pm to hear some Zappafest alumni talk about the upcoming 20th anniversary show featuring the one and only IKE WILLIS!

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"The Turdis" toilet for bus drivers, sparks anger from residents....the council just Dumped it in their Street.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/06/residents-complain-transport-london-install-toilet-drivers-quiet/
Residents on a quiet residential road have complained after transport planners installed an 11-ft lavatory block for bus drivers outside their homes.

On Tuesday Transport for London (TfL) installed the lavatory block - dubbed the “Turdis” by angry residents - on a street in Biggin Hill, on the border of South London and Kent, amid claims that homeowners on the road were not consulted.
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Aussie bikie gang clubhouse declared 'restricted premises' after court hears alpaca allegations
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Cleo the alpaca was found at the Aussie bikie gang's headquarters in a police raid. NSW police received a tip that "the Gypsy Jokers had stolen an alpaca and were having sexual intercourse with it".

New South Wales police have won a battle in Australia's Supreme Court to have restrictions placed on a Gypsy Joker bikie clubhouse, where club members allegedly had sexual intercourse with an alpaca.

The clubhouse, in the western Sydney suburb of Horsley Park, was at the centre of a court case in August after police said it was home to "indecent conduct and entertainment of a demoralising character", was used to unlawfully sell or supply alcohol, and has been attended by "reputed criminals" who are likely to attend again.

Acting Sergeant Nathan Trueman applied to have the "fortified" property declared a restricted premises, which means police can enter without a warrant to carry out searches for drugs, alcohol and weapons, and can seize anything which could be used to store, supply or consume liquor.

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The Gypsy Joker clubhouse in the western Sydney suburb of Horsley Park.

In an affidavit, he said "reputed criminals" and their associates continue to attend the premises, despite "a number of police operations".

Acting Sergeant Trueman told a court hearing that police raided the clubhouse several times, including in June 2014 after they received a tip "that the Gypsy Jokers had stolen an alpaca and were having sexual intercourse with it".

An alpaca named Cleo was seized, but a barrister for the Gypsy Jokers denied that "anything indecent" happened in relation to the animal.

In a January 2018 raid police seized 247 cases of alcohol and 146 bottles of spirits from the clubhouse, estimated to be worth A$21,000 ($22,010)

On Friday afternoon, Justice Julia Lonergan declared the clubhouse - which is registered to the "Horsley Park Social Club" - a restricted premises because reputed criminals have attended there or are likely to attend in the future.

As part of their application, police nominated three men as reputed criminals under the definition of the Restricted Premises Act, legislation from the 1940s which has been used frequently by police in recent years to target bikies.

During cross-examination, Acting Sergeant Trueman gave evidence that he had not personally seen one of the men, Chad Hogg, at the clubhouse but had seen his motorbike parked there.

In September, a month after the Supreme Court hearing, Hogg was arrested and charged after he allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and took her to the clubhouse, where he allegedly bashed her, tied her to a pole and shaved her head in a two-day ordeal.

Tactical police surrounded the premises for several hours on September 18 before the heavily-tattooed Hogg walked out and was arrested.

Hogg has been charged with breaching an anti-violence order, kidnapping, stalking/intimidation, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and will next appear in court in January.

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^Well as they say, at least no Sheep were involved- Donald's already got one of those too but prefers Donkeys :mrgreen:


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Got rude awakening here in the White House (Sunbury) this morning at 2.30am (is 5.30am now). Ella (Fitzgerald) our Alsatian/ Staghound cross dog started barking like crazy down stairs (I thought it was Donald on the phone to Vlad), we thought it was possums in the roof- mind you the police helicopter had been circling above for awhile. So we went down stair to see police on our front lawn, wife went in to back room to calm dog and I opened the front door to see what all the people with torches were doing (didn't know they were cops) only to hear crash upstairs and see drug crazed guy coming down the stair behind me- luckily cop was at front door talking to me- so I duly let him in with 3 others and they proceeded to tasser crazed guy who had crashed thru our upstairs ceiling........... I left the cops to it and they carted him away.
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Now we have hole on ceiling and lifted roof tiles to fix - bastard. Might have to relocate to a new White House :smoke:
https://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/news/three-arrested-following-incidents-in-sunbury
THREE ARRESTED FOLLOWING INCIDENTS IN SUNBURY
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 05:06
Police have arrested three people following a number of alleged incidents in Sunbury overnight.

A 29-year-old man was arrested about 2.30am after he fell through the ceiling of a Fullwood Drive address.

It is alleged he committed an aggravated burglary and false imprisonment at another Fullwood Drive property shortly before this incident.

The St Albans man was taken to hospital under police guard with lacerations to his head.

No one else was injured and no items were stolen during the incidents.

Two others, who were allegedly travelling with this man, were arrested earlier in the night.

Police initially observed a vehicle with false number plates on Pugh Court about 1.30am.

When police attempted to intercept the vehicle, it allegedly fled the scene.

A short time later, a 29-year-old woman was arrested nearby following a brief foot chase.

A quantity of drugs was also allegedly located on the woman.

A 38-year-old man was arrested in the same vicinity with the assistance of the Dog Squad.

The pair is assisting police with their enquiries.


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Melania Trump wrote:
Got rude awakening here in the White House (Sunbury) this morning at 2.30am (is 5.30am now). Ella (Fitzgerald) our Alsatian/ Staghound cross dog started barking like crazy down stairs (I thought it was Donald on the phone to Vlad), we thought it was possums in the roof- mind you the police helicopter had been circling above for awhile. So we went down stair to see police on our front lawn, wife went in to back room to calm dog and I opened the front door to see what all the people with torches were doing (didn't know they were cops) only to hear crash upstairs and see drug crazed guy coming down the stair behind me- luckily cop was at front door talking to me- so I duly let him in with 3 others and they proceeded to tasser crazed guy who had crashed thru our upstairs ceiling........... I left the cops to it and they carted him away.
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Now we have hole on ceiling and lifted roof tiles to fix - bastard. Might have to relocate to a new White House :smoke:
https://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/news/three-arrested-following-incidents-in-sunbury
THREE ARRESTED FOLLOWING INCIDENTS IN SUNBURY
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 05:06
Police have arrested three people following a number of alleged incidents in Sunbury overnight.

A 29-year-old man was arrested about 2.30am after he fell through the ceiling of a Fullwood Drive address.

It is alleged he committed an aggravated burglary and false imprisonment at another Fullwood Drive property shortly before this incident.

The St Albans man was taken to hospital under police guard with lacerations to his head.

No one else was injured and no items were stolen during the incidents.

Two others, who were allegedly travelling with this man, were arrested earlier in the night.

Police initially observed a vehicle with false number plates on Pugh Court about 1.30am.

When police attempted to intercept the vehicle, it allegedly fled the scene.

A short time later, a 29-year-old woman was arrested nearby following a brief foot chase.

A quantity of drugs was also allegedly located on the woman.

A 38-year-old man was arrested in the same vicinity with the assistance of the Dog Squad.

The pair is assisting police with their enquiries.


Wow! That is just too close to home Mel' T, are you covered by insurance?

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Gray_Ghost wrote:
Melania Trump wrote:
Got rude awakening here in the White House (Sunbury) this morning at 2.30am (is 5.30am now). Ella (Fitzgerald) our Alsatian/ Staghound cross dog started barking like crazy down stairs (I thought it was Donald on the phone to Vlad), we thought it was possums in the roof- mind you the police helicopter had been circling above for awhile. So we went down stair to see police on our front lawn, wife went in to back room to calm dog and I opened the front door to see what all the people with torches were doing (didn't know they were cops) only to hear crash upstairs and see drug crazed guy coming down the stair behind me- luckily cop was at front door talking to me- so I duly let him in with 3 others and they proceeded to tasser crazed guy who had crashed thru our upstairs ceiling........... I left the cops to it and they carted him away.
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Now we have hole on ceiling and lifted roof tiles to fix - bastard. Might have to relocate to a new White House :smoke:
https://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/news/three-arrested-following-incidents-in-sunbury
THREE ARRESTED FOLLOWING INCIDENTS IN SUNBURY
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 05:06
Police have arrested three people following a number of alleged incidents in Sunbury overnight.

A 29-year-old man was arrested about 2.30am after he fell through the ceiling of a Fullwood Drive address.

It is alleged he committed an aggravated burglary and false imprisonment at another Fullwood Drive property shortly before this incident.

The St Albans man was taken to hospital under police guard with lacerations to his head.

No one else was injured and no items were stolen during the incidents.

Two others, who were allegedly travelling with this man, were arrested earlier in the night.

Police initially observed a vehicle with false number plates on Pugh Court about 1.30am.

When police attempted to intercept the vehicle, it allegedly fled the scene.

A short time later, a 29-year-old woman was arrested nearby following a brief foot chase.

A quantity of drugs was also allegedly located on the woman.

A 38-year-old man was arrested in the same vicinity with the assistance of the Dog Squad.

The pair is assisting police with their enquiries.


Wow! That is just too close to home Mel' T, are you covered by insurance?


Yep, the insurance has been out and fixed the roof and temp patched the ceiling - good news is geta new paint job once the ceiling is repaired and hopefully no more possums or crims in the roof............ Air tight unlike Donald :smoke:


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An awful train crash in the Dutch town Oss:

Typically daycare centres use specially designed freight bicycles to transport up to 8 children through town. In Oss one got stuck on the railroad tracks.

So far, four dead and two badly injured. The casualties are all children, the injured are a child and an employee of the daycare centre.


^That was on Sep 20th. In total 4 children died, one boy aged 4 and three girls aged 4, 6 and 8. An 11-year-old girl (whose 4- and 8-year-old sisters were killed) was badly injured, along with the daycare centre employee who drove the vehicle. Research is conducted thoroughly, and the axes are being ground.

The vehicle isn't a bicycle. It is called a "Stint", an electric cart that can transport up to 10 children. The driver stands on one end. Since it's an electric vehicle, it's more of a "freight Segway".

Back in 2010, when the Segway was first introduced, legislation was passed in the Netherlands so that innovative/new vehicles would be easier to get road legal. European legislation would however get away, so the Dutch government found a loop hole: devising a special new category of vehicle, the "bijzondere bromfiets", for vehicles with a small engine that cannot be classified as a regular "bromfiets" (scooters). These are vehicles that are no longer and no higher than 2 m, and no broader than 1,60m, have a maxium speed of 25 km/h and an engine with a maximum volume of 50 cm3, or in case of electrical engine 4 KW.
For a "bijzondere bromfiets", drivers must be over 16, vehicles need to be insured and have a license plate, but drivers don't need a helmet or a driver's license, and they can use cycle paths.
Also: unlike with cars, which legally have to undergo MOT every one or two years, a "bijzondere bromfiets" wouldn't require any checkup after having been approved.
The legislators didn't think of a maximum amount of people to allow on a "bijzondere bromfiets" and it wasn't long before clever inventors devised a way of transporting people using a "bijzondere bromfiets."

The Stint was introduced in 2011 and a raving success - it could transport up to 10 children,is cheap and perfect for shorter distances and could be used without a driver's license, making it the ideal transportation to get children from a daycare centre to school and vice versa. Some 3500 Stints were made and used by daycare centres in The Netherlands and Belgium.
When the Stint was introduced, the only criticism was that the vehicle was "too broad".

The researchers of TNO (governmental) have found that there were numerous problems with the Stint. The brakes don't work well enough, the emergency brake stops so suddenly a driver can lose control, it's difficult to tell if the vehicle is in "park" mode and because the driver stands it's easy to fall off, but most importantly, if one of the wires goes loose, the Stint will scoot away at a speed of 25 km/h - and the only way to brake if it does that, is by removing the key, for which the driver needs to let go of the wheel.

I hear the sound of marching feet...

sources: https://wetten.overheid.nl/BWBR0035848/2015-01-01
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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2019 class announced

Janet Jackson isn't just in control; she's now set to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The superstar is part of the class of 2019 for the prestigious honor and joins the Cure, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music and the Zombies.

To be eligible, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years before the year of nomination.

As in years past, fans had the opportunity to vote for their favorites out of 15 nominees.

They were able to visit Rockhall.com to cast votes for which artist they believed to be most deserving of induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The top five artists, as selected by the public, comprised a "fans' ballot" that was tallied, along with the other ballots to choose the 2019 inductees.

Voting was capped at one ballot per day.

The 2019 induction ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will be held March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and broadcast on HBO and SiriusXM.

Ticket information will be announced in January.


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BBP wrote:
BBP wrote:
An awful train crash in the Dutch town Oss:

Typically daycare centres use specially designed freight bicycles to transport up to 8 children through town. In Oss one got stuck on the railroad tracks.

So far, four dead and two badly injured. The casualties are all children, the injured are a child and an employee of the daycare centre.


^That was on Sep 20th. In total 4 children died, one boy aged 4 and three girls aged 4, 6 and 8. An 11-year-old girl (whose 4- and 8-year-old sisters were killed) was badly injured, along with the daycare centre employee who drove the vehicle. Research is conducted thoroughly, and the axes are being ground.

The vehicle isn't a bicycle. It is called a "Stint", an electric cart that can transport up to 10 children. The driver stands on one end. Since it's an electric vehicle, it's more of a "freight Segway".

Back in 2010, when the Segway was first introduced, legislation was passed in the Netherlands so that innovative/new vehicles would be easier to get road legal. European legislation would however get away, so the Dutch government found a loop hole: devising a special new category of vehicle, the "bijzondere bromfiets", for vehicles with a small engine that cannot be classified as a regular "bromfiets" (scooters). These are vehicles that are no longer and no higher than 2 m, and no broader than 1,60m, have a maxium speed of 25 km/h and an engine with a maximum volume of 50 cm3, or in case of electrical engine 4 KW.
For a "bijzondere bromfiets", drivers must be over 16, vehicles need to be insured and have a license plate, but drivers don't need a helmet or a driver's license, and they can use cycle paths.
Also: unlike with cars, which legally have to undergo MOT every one or two years, a "bijzondere bromfiets" wouldn't require any checkup after having been approved.
The legislators didn't think of a maximum amount of people to allow on a "bijzondere bromfiets" and it wasn't long before clever inventors devised a way of transporting people using a "bijzondere bromfiets."

The Stint was introduced in 2011 and a raving success - it could transport up to 10 children,is cheap and perfect for shorter distances and could be used without a driver's license, making it the ideal transportation to get children from a daycare centre to school and vice versa. Some 3500 Stints were made and used by daycare centres in The Netherlands and Belgium.
When the Stint was introduced, the only criticism was that the vehicle was "too broad".

The researchers of TNO (governmental) have found that there were numerous problems with the Stint. The brakes don't work well enough, the emergency brake stops so suddenly a driver can lose control, it's difficult to tell if the vehicle is in "park" mode and because the driver stands it's easy to fall off, but most importantly, if one of the wires goes loose, the Stint will scoot away at a speed of 25 km/h - and the only way to brake if it does that, is by removing the key, for which the driver needs to let go of the wheel.

I hear the sound of marching feet...

sources: https://wetten.overheid.nl/BWBR0035848/2015-01-01
https://www.volkskrant.nl/nieuws-achter ... ~b8d9cd6d/


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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2019 class announced

Janet Jackson isn't just in control; she's now set to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The superstar is part of the class of 2019 for the prestigious honor and joins the Cure, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music and the Zombies.

To be eligible, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years before the year of nomination.

As in years past, fans had the opportunity to vote for their favorites out of 15 nominees.

They were able to visit Rockhall.com to cast votes for which artist they believed to be most deserving of induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The top five artists, as selected by the public, comprised a "fans' ballot" that was tallied, along with the other ballots to choose the 2019 inductees.

Voting was capped at one ballot per day.

The 2019 induction ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will be held March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and broadcast on HBO and SiriusXM.

Ticket information will be announced in January.


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In The Hague it's tradition to start New Year with bonfires. For safety reasons they were moved to the beach this year.

Unfortunately a combination of hard wind and huge fire led to fire tornadoes causing chaos and damage, but fortunately no casualties.

https://www.nu.nl/binnenland/5659583/br ... maakt.html

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US police 'mourn' loss of doughnut truck in fire
10:16, Jan 02 2019

US police in the state of Kentucky have found some humour after an empty doughnut truck caught fire.

WKYT-TV reports no one was injured when the Krispy Kreme driver stopped after noticing smoke in the cab of his truck following a delivery in Morehead.

The fire was extinguished quickly and the cause remains undetermined.

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"No words" as US police find some humour after an empty doughnut truck caught fire.

Lexington police posted photos on social media of the blackened side of the truck and officers jokingly mourning the truck's loss. The post was accompanied by the comment, "No words''.

Police departments from across the country chimed in to offer their condolences.


The New York City Police Department tweeted: "Hang tight, we are sending backup forthwith ... We hope you like sprinkles.''

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Earth is missing a huge part of its crust.
Now we may know why.

Robin George Andrews 23 hours ago

The Grand Canyon is a gigantic geological library, with rocky layers that tell much of the story of Earth’s history. Curiously though, a sizeable layer representing anywhere from 250 million years to 1.2 billion years is missing.

Known as the Great Unconformity, this massive temporal gap can be found not just in this famous crevasse, but in places all over the world. In one layer, you have the Cambrian period, which started roughly 540 million years ago and left behind sedimentary rocks packed with the fossils of complex, multicellular life. Directly below, you have fossil-free crystalline basement rock, which formed about a billion or more years ago.

So where did all the rock that belongs in between these time periods go? Using multiple lines of evidence, an international team of geoscientists reckons that the thief was Snowball Earth, a hypothesized time when much, if not all, of the planet, was covered in ice.

According to the team, at intervals within those billion or so years, up to a third of Earth’s crust was sawn off by Snowball Earth’s roaming glaciers and their erosive capabilities. The resulting sediment was dumped into the slush-covered oceans, where it was then sucked into the mantle by subducting tectonic plates. (Here’s what will happen when Earth’s tectonic plates grind to a halt.)

Effectively, in many locations, Earth buried the evidence of about a fifth of its geological history, the team argues today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The notion is elegant but provocative, and the authors themselves predict that some geoscientists will express skepticism.

“I think, though, we have extraordinary evidence to support that extraordinary claim,” says study leader C. Brenhin Keller, a postdoctoral fellow at the Berkeley Geochronology Center.

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Cambrian sandstone rests on much older basement rock called Vishnu schist in a section of Blacktail Canyon in Arizona that shows the Great Unconformity.

Geochemical ghosts

Although its nuances, triggers, and shutdown mechanisms continue to be debated, the idea that Earth was a giant frigid “snowball” around 700 million years ago is being increasingly accepted by the scientific community. And similar to what we see in Antarctica today, many of Snowball Earth’s glaciers would have been powerful agents of erosion: The overlying pressure of the ice creates wet bases that can move sediment, despite the extremely low temperatures at the surface.

The Great Unconformity has in turn often been suggested as being an erosional feature, but some geologists balked at the idea of such a massive amount of Earth’s crust being so thoroughly wiped away.

Keller, however, found fresh clues hiding in ancient zircons. These resilient minerals as well as being used for tweezer encrustment, lock in the geochemical conditions of their environment when they crystallize, and scientists can pick them apart billions of years later to find out what Earth was once like. (For instance, four-billion-year-old zircons are offering some clues to the origins of life.) In particular, these zircons contain various radioactive isotopes that act as record-keepers. Uranium isotopes allow researchers to find out the crystals’ formation ages with remarkable precision. Others, like hafnium isotopes, reveal what was happening to the crust and mantle, as certain isotopes prefer one geological setting to another.

Using a cornucopia of zircons, Keller and his team carefully unspooled the geochemical evolution of Earth’s crust across 4.4 billion years of time. They saw that a colossal geochemical shift took place at the theorized beginning of Snowball Earth’s planetwide glaciations, which is only explicable if plenty of Earth’s crust was being recycled into new magma reservoirs.

Oxygen isotopes within these zircons indicated that the crust had gone through low-temperature hydrothermal changes, too. This meant that it was the top of the crust—in contact with water and ice—that was being shaved off and subducted, not the deeper stuff.

Altogether, this evidence suggests that a gargantuan erosional event happened at the surface. Although this erosion didn’t apply evenly across the world, it amounts to an average sediment layer 1.9 to 3.1 miles deep being swept away.

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Ice meets rock in the Antarctic Peninsula, in a picture taken by NASA's Operation IceBridge in October 2017. Millions of years ago, the entire planet may have resembled this polar scene during a phase called Snowball Earth.

Serendipity in suspicious sediments

The geochemical evidence is powerful, but chance discussions at a recent scientific conference made each future coauthor realize that there’s even more to the story.

For one thing, “around 600 to 700 million years ago, Earth loses its craters,” notes study coauthor Bill Bottke, a planetary scientist and asteroid expert at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Some ancient craters still exist on stable continental cores named cratons, but they are few and far between. (Recently, a city-size impact crater was found under the ice in Greenland.)

The easy explanation for this mystery was also a ginormous erosional event, but until now, evidence for one was hard to come by. Unlike many other worlds, “Earth does a really good job at erasing the tracks of its past,” Bottke says. Fortunately, Keller’s geochemistry made it clear that Snowball Earth provides a natural explanation.

Then there’s the huge uptick in sedimentation rates at the start of the Cambrian. All the new sediment required plenty of space to fall into, something that would have only been possible if massive levels of erosion took place beforehand, says coauthor Thomas Gernon, an associate professor of earth science at the University of Southampton.

As the researchers point out, one problem with their data is that there is still a multimillion-year time gap between the predicted end of Snowball Earth and the start of the Cambrian. It’s not clear why the formation of new rock layers took so long to start after all that erosion stopped.

Although it’s likely down to a number of factors, one possibility is that Snowball Earth’s erosion was so significant that there wasn’t much topography left to erode when all was said and done. The planet simply needed to forge more land first, and that takes time.

The theory of everything

Understandably, not everything matches up perfectly, but the study’s narrative is “very plausible,” and its arguments are “pretty clever,” says Ian Fairchild, an emeritus professor of geosciences at the University of Birmingham who wasn’t involved in the research.

Bottke hopes the team is right, but either way, he’s happy that this paper will add to the debate over a prolific geological mystery.

“That conversation is what helps drive the science,” he says.

If validated, the implications of this story could be enormously significant. After all, this study points out that complex life first emerged when Snowball Earth’s monstrous mealtime came to an end. Glaciers would have carved out fjord-like shallow marine areas, which could have been havens for life as the planet warmed back up.

This colossal crustal consumption may have also coincided with major geochemical and environmental changes that were potentially beneficial to biological evolution.

In essence, there’s a chance that the diversification of multicellular animals is a direct consequence of ancient glaciers obliterating the planet’s crust.


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http://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/techandsc ... ocid=ientp

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Dolphins once again entertain Wellingtonians in the harbour
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Dolphins in Wellington Harbour, near Te Papa, attracting plenty of attention.

You can't beat Wellington on a good day – that's what dolphins entertaining crowds near Te Papa were probably thinking.

Two pods of dolphins spent Saturday afternoon enjoying the fine weather, going back and forth between Te Papa and Oriental Bay.

Their presence was quickly noticed on social media as people messaged friends urging them to check it out.

Dolphins, orca and stingrays have made regular appearances in Wellington Harbour in recent months.

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Some paddlers take a closer look at the dolphins in Wellington Harbour,

On New Year's Day dolphins and orcas entertained beach goers celebrating the new year on Oriental Bay.

Two days later Zane Burn, Daniel Prowse, and Hanna Van der Giessen were watching a pod of about 50 dolphins off the South Coast, when they noticed two had accidently stranded.

The trio scrambled down the cliff and helped the dolphins back in to deep water.

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Dolphins in the harbour, near Te Papa.

In July, a southern right male spent a week in the harbour entertaining crowds. The council even delayed Matariki fireworks for a week to avoid frightening it away.

Professor Steve Dawson from Otago University has spent 32 years studying dolphins.

Without knowing what species were coming in to Wellington Harbour, he said it was hard to know why they were turning up.

Water temperature and the availability of food were, however, probably the main factors.

He said it was no surprise that they had attracted a lot of attention. As to whether or not dolphins enjoyed the attention, he said it was pretty clear they did.

"They enjoy people being in the water with them and they are extremely curious."

Curiosity was a sign of intelligence and dolphins were curious and enjoyed watching what was going on around them, he said.

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The dolphins take a closer look at some yachts.


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