3,700-million-year-old life discovery in Greenland


This video says about itself:

The world’s oldest fossil 3.7 billion year old bumps found on ancient sea bed

31 August 2016

Conical structures known as stromatolites were found in Isua, Greenland.

They were formed by prehistoric colonies of bacteria living in a shallow sea.

It suggests life may have emerged on Earth far faster than first thought.

The finding raises hopes life may have existed on Mars.

From Nature:

Rapid emergence of life shown by discovery of 3,700-million-year-old microbial structures

Published online 31 August 2016

Biological activity is a major factor in Earth’s chemical cycles, including facilitating CO2 sequestration and providing climate feedbacks. Thus a key question in Earth’s evolution is when did life arise and impact hydrosphere–atmosphere–lithosphere chemical cycles? Until now, evidence for the oldest life on Earth focused on debated stable isotopic signatures of 3,800–3,700 million year (Myr)-old metamorphosed sedimentary rocks and minerals1, 2 from the Isua supracrustal belt (ISB), southwest Greenland3.

Here we report evidence for ancient life from a newly exposed outcrop of 3,700-Myr-old metacarbonate rocks in the ISB that contain 1–4-cm-high stromatolites—macroscopically layered structures produced by microbial communities. The ISB stromatolites grew in a shallow marine environment, as indicated by seawater-like rare-earth element plus yttrium trace element signatures of the metacarbonates, and by interlayered detrital sedimentary rocks with cross-lamination and storm-wave generated breccias. The ISB stromatolites predate by 220 Myr the previous most convincing and generally accepted multidisciplinary evidence for oldest life remains in the 3,480-Myr-old Dresser Formation of the Pilbara Craton, Australia4, 5. The presence of the ISB stromatolites demonstrates the establishment of shallow marine carbonate production with biotic CO2 sequestration by 3,700 million years ago (Ma), near the start of Earth’s sedimentary record. A sophistication of life by 3,700 Ma is in accord with genetic molecular clock studies placing life’s origin in the Hadean eon (>4,000 Ma)6.

See also here.

How to excavate dinosaurs, videos


In this 28 August 2016 Dutch video, recorded in the USA, paleontologist Dylan Bastiaans explains how to package dinosaur bones so they can be transported safely.

In this 28 August 2016 Dutch video, recorded in the USA, paleontologist Martijn Guliker explains about special fossils which he found.

In this 28 August 2016 Dutch video, recorded in the USA, paleontologists explain how to excavate dinosaurs.

84-year-old Oklahoma, USA woman pepper sprayed by police


This video from the USA says about itself:

Cops Pepper Spray 84-Year-Old Black Woman

30 August 2016

After allegedly rolling a stop sign, a young black male ran from the police. They chased him to the home of 84-year-old Geneva Smith, who they pepper sprayed in the face. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“On Aug. 7, police officers in Muskogee, Oklahoma, chased a suspect into the home of 84-year-old Geneva Smith and ended up pepper spraying her. On Friday, local Fox News outlet Fox23 released body cam footage of the encounter, raising the questions: Why was pepper spray necessary or appropriate? …

Read more here.

First European Fungi Day, 24 September 2016


German language fungi day logo

The first European Fungi Day will be on 24 September 2016.

It is an iniative of Ms Karin Montag in Germany.

So far, activities have been announced in seven countries: Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Austria, Czech republic and the Netherlands.

On this day, fungi lovers will promote knowledge and conservation of fungi.

The British Mycological Society‘s UK Fungus Day festivities will take place over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of October 2016.

Real Neat Blog Award, my congratulations to you!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that :)

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty :)

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2016?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. Newzo

2. maxjemin

3. Ankit maharishi

4. SITTING PRETTY

5. The World Past Me

6. Ethiopianism News

7. mytripstokerala

8. Pilant’s Business Ethics Blog

9. The Flowers of Rojava

10. owl machine

11. The Cedar Lounge Revolution

12. Manolis

13.The Fox Eyed Man

14. travineer

15. Neo-colonialism and its Discontents

16. Landskin

17. YUP..we are “Homo Sapiens”

18. The Beauty Of Doing Nothing!

19. Robson Cezar

Dead deer keeps other wildlife alive


This 31 August 2016 video is from the Kuinderbos forest in Flevoland province in the Netherlands. It shows a dead roe deer, on which various insect species and other scavenging animals feed.

Wildlife warden Harco Bergman brings also other animals which have been killed by traffic accidents to this spot, like a heron and a beech marten. This way, people can see how animals after their death contribute to keeping other wildlife alive.

Trump campaign causing anti-Somali American violence


This video from the USA says about itself:

20 June 2016

RESPONDING TO Donald Trump ATTACKING SOMALIANS IN MINNESOTA

Translated from Wouter Zwart, Dutch NOS TV correspondent, in Minneapolis in Minnesota in the USA today:

[Somali American social worker Yusuf]: “[United States Republican presidential candidate Donald] Trump scapegoats us. He shouts that all Somalis have links with terrorism. It is sad and makes sure that we as a community are hated.” …

“Children are bullied at school. Recently a girl in a wheelchair was thrown to the ground as ‘ISIS go home!’ was shouted. That’s really because of Donald Trump. He creates with his statements about immigrants an atmosphere of violence: people with hatred in their hearts see this as a justification to do such things. I’m afraid of the day when an unstable person will cause terrible havoc in a mosque. There will be there on Fridays sometimes a thousand people praying.” …

“Precisely because of his hateful sayings Trump makes things worse. Therefore he has actually become a recruiter for ISIS.”