Archive for 05/02/2012

Jessica Robinson –

Here’s an image you usually don’t see without the help of Photoshop: two-headed fish.

Pictures of deformed baby trout with two heads show up in a study of creeks in a remote part of southeast Idaho.

The study examined the effects of a contaminant called selenium. It comes from a nearby mine owned by the agribusiness giant, J.R. Simplot.

Critics say the two-headed trout have implications beyond a couple of Idaho creeks.

Marv Hoyt stands near Sage Creek in a baseball cap he normally doesn’t like to wear out here. It says Greater Yellowstone Coalition, his employer.

The environmental group hasn’t won many friends in Idaho’s phosphate mining district. Hoyt’s been arguing for years that mine pollution might be hurting fish.

Then, last year a study made that prospect more than just “might be.”

“I sort of held my breath as I read that executive summary on the first page,” Hoyt says. “And once I had gotten through that first page, it was like ‘Wow.

We were right. This is a disaster in the making.’”

The study he’s talking about was a federal review of another study on native Yellowstone cutthroat trout and brown trout.

Phosphate mining exposes selenium, an element that’s toxic in large amounts.

That research paper held the first photographic evidence of what selenium does to the fish here.

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Frank Nowikowski – 

One of the first humans to inhabit the Americas has been stolen – and archaeologists want it back.

The skeleton, which is probably at least 10,000 years old, has disappeared from a cenote, or underground water reservoir, in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

In response, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in Mexico City has placed “wanted” posters in supermarkets, bakeries and dive shops in and around the nearby town of Tulum.

They are also considering legal action to recover the remains. The missing bones belong to a skeleton dubbed Young Man of Chan Hol II, discovered in 2010.

The cenote in which it was found had previously yielded another 10,000-year-old skeleton – the Young Man of Chan Hol, discovered in 2006.

The earlier find has anatomical features suggesting shared heritage with Indonesians and south Asians. Other skeletons found in cenotes in the area with similar features may date to around 14,000 years ago.

Such finds imply that not all early Americans came from north Asia.

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gCaptain –

An alarming report from CNN this morning has revealed that Al Qaeda operatives have been secretly plotting possible attacks on cruise ships.

According to the report, German authorities seized cryptic Al Qaeda documents hidden within porn videos that detail plans to seize passenger ships and hold passengers hostage in order to pressure the public into releasing key Al Qaeda-linked prisoners.

The plan would include dressing passengers in orange jump suits, as if they were al Qaeda prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, and then videotaping their execution.

The documents were found in May 2011 as a 22-year-old Austrian named Maqsood Lodin was being questioned by police in Berlin after recently returning from a trip Pakistan via Budapest, Hungary, before arriving in Germany.

Within the man’s underpants, interrogators found a digital file drive that included a pornographic video title “Kick Ass”, with a file marked “Sexy Tanja”, according to CNN.

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