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By arch1, February 12, 2017

I will from time to time post new things found and things of interest to me in the natural world. I will attempt to answer all questions to limits of my ability and reference. Nothing that advances knowledge off limits except personal attacks and things not suitable for a Travis forum. Please show basis for opinion expressed.

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Hi Arch1 –
Notice that you have not posted to the current biotech thread: http://www.stockgumshoe.com/2017/02/the-rest-of-the-12-biotechs-of-christmas/

Glad that you started this thread, as many prior posts on this subject seem to get lost in the traffic on the politics and region thread. Best2You ~ Ben

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Arch1 – I just bought a book about an expedition(s) into a remote rainforest in Honduras. In brief, some of those on the expedition contracted leishmaniasis (white leprosy). I’m wondering how prevalent this is in rainforests? I have not started the book in earnest but noticed there was a section relating to NIH, which I skimmed and in turn that led to my question.

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Jking- When I worked in tropical panama, I was told not to sit in the buttress of any large tree, to minimize being bitten. Of course, I was bitten/stung/touched by many things, but never contracted leishmaniasis. The most interesting was temporary blindness from stinging caterpillar hairs.

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Scientists cook up material 200 times stronger than steel out of soybean oil
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-31/scientists-cook-up-super-strong-graphene-out-of-soybean-oil/8223686
The above article is referenced in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0ZMi83oUjk
Making progress… πŸ™‚

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Glacier on the move! Shared by a friend – πŸ™‚
“I think what is shown in this video will turn out to be one of the rarest sights we humans will ever see.”
https://www.youtube.com/embed/hC3VTgIPoGU?rel=0

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OMG.. amazing…stupefying..

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That is a lot of ice. Good show of natural power makes us puny.

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Leaves little doubt as to how the glaciers in the three Ice Ages shaped much of North America.

Thanks Ben!

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Arch – If you were down the block I would drive you nuts beating on your door. My latest investigation has to do with an abandoned and filled in mine that was pointed out to a troop of us Boy Scouts atop a hill near Manhattan, Kansas. I have talked to several friends who were in that troop with me, and one who is a geologist. This would have been in the late forties or early fifties. I haven’t found a clue as to the mine, but have found information on a number of kimberlites in the county and an… Read More Β»

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Fun stuff, jking1939! I imagine the University of Kansas may offer some clues. http://www.kgs.ku.edu/Publications/pic16/pic16_1.html – Kansas Kimberlites http://www.kgs.ku.edu/Publications/Bulletins/200/ – The Kimberlites of Riley County, Kansas 1970 https://thediggings.com/places/ks161485618 – Mining Deposits near Manhattan, KS It’s too bad I can’t turn my metal detector into a diamond detector 8^( Last Tuesday, I was at my Southwestern Prospectors and Miners Association (SPMA) meeting. Had a local Professor from Mira Costa College stop by to talk about our local (San Diego) geology. Bought his book “Surf, Sand and Stone.” When $AKAO pays me (us) I might have some travel monies for out of state… Read More Β»

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Jerry – I think I neglected to say thanks for this comment and the links. Many thanks!

jokin

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While I’m pontificating, I would also like to mention the Diavik Mine in the NWT, Canada. This also has an interesting history. I had stock in it for a few years but moved to biotech and have almost forgotten that foray into diamonds. This mine is located close to a kimberlite that is under a nearby lake…can’t remember the name but will probably do some reading this morning now that the coals have been blown into flame again.

All of you guys are the absolute GREATEST!

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Biologists propose to sequence the DNA of all life on Earth
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/02/biologists-propose-sequence-dna-all-life-earth
Shared by: https://twitter.com/DNA_oscar/status/837778360864428033
Now that’s a project. πŸ™‚

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Lithium-Ion Battery Inventor Introduces New Technology for Fast-Charging, Noncombustible Batteries https://news.utexas.edu/2017/02/28/goodenough-introduces-new-battery-technology Keeps going and going… πŸ™‚

Alternative strategy for a safe rechargeable battery
http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2017/EE/C6EE02888H#!divAbstract

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