The depth of the problem

After an Australian vessel, Ocean Shield, again detected deep-sea signals consistent with those from an airplane’s black box, the official leading a multination search expressed hope Wednesday that crews will begin to find wreckage of a missing Malaysian airliner “within a matter of days.”

“I believe we’re searching in the right area,” Retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said.

All commercial transport aircraft are fitted with underwater locator beacons to assist in the relocation of black box flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders. These beacons are free-running pingers that transmit signals at an acoustic frequency of 37.5 kilohertz and have an expected battery life of 30 days. The scale of the challenge in locating the black boxes is immense.

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Hank tells us about new research into the question of how animals navigate from place to place – while the problem is still unresolved, we do have some hypotheses, and they all involve something called “magnetoreception.”

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‘Decimated’ Al Qaeda Alive And Meeting In Plain Sight

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Newly surfaced video shows large group of al Qaeda members gathering for a large outdoor meeting and hardly hiding.
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With the help of some competent intelligence gathering, US drone operators could have obliterated the entire gathering and eliminated a great danger. But it didn’t happen.

Note to the rest of the world, particularly the BRICS nations: If you want protection from al Qaeda, don’t even think of relying on the US. Develop your own intelligence sources and your own strike capabilities.

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Dr Bill Warner talks with Paul Weston and Enza Ferreri about his new project, “Voice for the Voiceless”. Hosted by Tim Burton on Liberty GB radio, 6th February 2014.

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Ever wonder what it looks like from a birds-eye-view? Hank explains they see more than you think!

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SMH has the story:

The asylum seekers in detention in Jayapura: (From left) Mohammad Saiful Islam Tanu and Mohammad Shohidul Islam and, both from Bangladesh; and Ahmad Fahim Naziri and Mahmood, both from Afghanistan.The asylum seekers in detention in Jayapura: (From left) Mohammad Saiful Islam Tanu and Mohammad Shohidul Islam and, both from Bangladesh; and Ahmad Fahim Naziri and Mahmood, both from Afghanistan.

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Jakarta: People smugglers in Indonesia are mounting their first credible attempt to ship asylum seekers on the hazardous voyage to New Zealand and circumvent the Abbott government’s Operation Sovereign Borders.

Four men – two from Bangladesh and two from Afghanistan – were caught last month by the Indonesian immigration department in Jayapura, West Papua, on their way to get a boat to New Zealand.

Their capture appears to have stalled, for the time being, a plot to send up to 100 people, but sources in West Java say people smugglers in the town of Cisarua are still advertising for places on a New Zealand-bound boat.

The smugglers are showing asylum seekers a grainy picture, obtained by Fairfax Media, of the boat they say they have bought for the venture, which is larger and sturdier looking than the typical fishing vessel and has covered cabins and navigational antennae.

One of the men in custody, Bangladeshi Mohammad Saiful Islam Tanu told Fairfax Media that when he had arrived earlier this year from Malaysia to Cisarua – where many asylum seekers wait as they try to get to Australia – he had been told by others that the Abbott government had “closed the way”.

“The Australian government already is closed [the way] because every boat going to Australia comes back to Indonesia. So many people say it’s impossible. Now we not try to go to Australia,” Mr Saiful said. “What can I do? And [a people smuggler] Mr Jafar told me, ‘You can go to New Zealand from Papua’.”

Mr Saiful said the smugglers had told them that it was easier to be accepted in New Zealand than Australia.

“Everyone is talking New Zealand. There is every facility … Jafar said you go to New Zealand [and after] only one month and you can take citizenship, and after that you can try [to go to] a big country, every other country.

“He said it would take 10 days or one week on a boat.”

Mr Saiful said each of the four had given the smuggler $US500 ($535) and had received plane tickets from Jakarta to Jayapura. They were told that 42 others were already waiting in Papua for the boat to be ready. The boat trip was to cost $US5000 and be paid for later.
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A spokeswoman for the New Zealand embassy in Jakarta said New Zealand had never had a “mass arrival” (defined as 30 or more), but that “we are aware that people smugglers continue to express interest in targeting New Zealand through a variety of avenues, including both air and sea routes”.

“We have real concerns about the safety of people smuggling ventures heading into the southern waters – criminal groups organising such ventures are endangering people’s lives,” the spokeswoman said.

Though New Zealand has been protected from the rash of asylum seekers by its distance, it has passed relatively tough new laws in case of this development. Anyone coming as part of a mass arrival can be detained until their circumstances are assessed. Even for those found eligible, there is no guarantee of permanent residence.
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Hank explains why NASA and the European Space Agency are in love with tardigrades and how these extremophiles are helping us study the panspermia hypothesis.

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KOSOVO IS SERBIA!
КОСОВО И МЕТОХИЈА ДУША СРБИНОВА!

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The peoples of the Balkans are primarily Orthodox Christians. Make your boast in the Cross!

Balkan – Words of the World

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A wrongly named peninsula and a misguided stereotype… The word “Balkan” has a curious history. More words at http://www.wordsoftheworld.co.uk/ This video features David Norris from the University of Nottingham

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He spikka da Arabic…lousy accent!

Obama advisor John Brennan speaks about the beauty of Islam

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Subtitles: ENGLISH, РУССКИЙ, GERMAN/DEUTSCH, GREEK,SERBIAN, BULGARIAN. Please SUBSCRIBE to this channel on Youtube. Also available in iTunes for iPhone and iPad. Theology with a bit of humor. A brief, weekly program discussing the Church calendar and liturgy. Hosted by Dr. Sr. Vassa Larin of the University of Vienna in Austria.

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Vodka – Periodic Table of Videos

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Why did The Professor use vodka in an experiment?

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We explore the culture around vodka in Russia. More word videos at http://www.wordsoftheworld.co.uk/

Alcohol – Periodic Table of Videos

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Video about alcohol, particular focus on ethanol which is found in alcoholic drinks. We also show distillation.

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Vodka: US vs. Russia
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Disgusting, but in no way surprising.

White House Turns Down Meeting With 2009 Fort Hood Victims

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‘Nasty’ chemicals – Viewer Questions

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Our chemists say the most common misconception about chemistry is that chemicals are “nasty, toxic and horrible”.

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Hydrochloric Acid (Part I) – Periodic Table of Videos

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We take a look at one of the most famous acids – Hydrochloric Acid – which is used commonly in labs and found in our stomachs.

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We dissolve a goose skull in HCl during the second part of our video about Hydrochloric Acid.

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