Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Some 600 people in Peru have required treatment after an object from space - said to be a meteorite - plummeted to Earth in a remote area, officials say.
They say the object left a deep crater after crashing down over the weekend near the town of Carancas in the Andes.
People who have visited scene have been complaining of headaches, vomiting and nausea after inhaling gases.
A team of scientists is on its way to the site to collect samples and verify whether it was indeed a meteorite.
"It [the object] is buried in the earth," local resident Heber Mamani told the BBC.
"That is why we are asking for an analysis because we are worried for our people. They are afraid. A bull is dead and some other animals are already sick," he said.
The incident began on Saturday night, when people near Carancas in the Puno region, some 1,300km (800 miles) south of Lima, reported seeing a fireball in the sky coming towards them.
The object then hit the ground, leaving a 30m (98ft) wide and 6m (20ft) deep crater.
The crater spewed what officials described as fetid, noxious gases.
The gases are believed to have affected the health of about 600 people who visited the site.
Most of the victims have been complaining of headaches, vomiting and nausea.
Honorio Campoblanco, one of Peru's leading geologists, called on the authorities to stop people going near the crash site.
But he discarded the possibility that the symptoms would have been caused by any form of radiation.
Hhhhmmmm, maybe it's time to start reading this again...?
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Have you ever seen six rainbows at once? They are not only rare to see -- they are a puzzle to understand. The common rainbow is caused by sunlight internally reflected by the backs of falling raindrops, while also being refracted at the air / water boundary. To see a rainbow, look opposite the Sun towards a rainstorm. This primary rainbow is the brightest color swath in the above image. Multiple internal reflections inside water droplets sometimes make a secondary rainbow to become visible outside the first, with colors reversed. Just such a secondary rainbow is visible of the far left. Harder to explain is the intermediate rainbow, between the two. This rainbow is likely caused by sunlight that has first reflected off the lake before striking the distant raindrops that is reflecting sunlight back toward the observer. Each of these rainbows appears to be reflected by the calm lake, although because the positions of rainbows depend on the location of the observer, a slightly displaced image of each rainbow is actually being imaged.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
"...the time is at hand for Christians to engage our movie-made culture courageously, and this means we have to struggle with tough issues and tell the truth... When we stand back from engaging the world, in this case, the world of film, and instead allow ourselves to be treated like village idiots, we can hardly expect God to be pleased". - Theologian Peter Fraser
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Tuesday, September 04, 2007
An outback cooking contest in Alice Springs, Australia, was won by a woman and her recipe for cat. Feral cats are a serious problem in Australia, killing and eating almost anything else, including birds, lizards, spiders and small marsupials. The creator of the recipe hopes that by eating cats, and other feral animals such as pigeons and camels, it could help Australia's wildlife problems.
According to the recipe, "The meat should be diced and fried until it is brown. Then lemon grass is to be added along with salt and pepper and three cups of quandong, which is a sweet desert fruit. It is recommended that the dish be left to simmer for five hours before being garnished with bush plums and mistletoe berries."
The meal is not popular with everyone. Wildlife campaigners are angered that feral cats should be eaten, scientists claim that the feral cats could contain harmful bacteria and toxins, and one of judges was so disgusted by the taste, she had to spit it out. However, wild cat is eaten by some Aborigines.
Cat is said to taste like a cross between rabbit and chicken.
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