Belgian soldiers in neonazi paramilitary gang Soldiers of Odin


This video from Britain says about itself:

25 May 2012

World In Action documentary exposing Combat 18.

These two videos are the sequels.

In 2006, there was a scandal in Belgium. Several Belgian army soldiers turned out to be members of the terrorist nazi paramilitary gang Blood and Honour/Combat 18 (aka Bloed, Bodem, Eer & Trouw, BBET, as their magazine was called).

Now, a similar scandal.

Translated from Belga news agency in Belgium today:

Soldiers have to answer to membership of vigilante Soldiers of Odin

03-08-16, 06.40u

Belgian State Security and military intelligence ADIV have since early this year the Belgian branch of Soldiers of Odin in their sight. This write [daily] Het Belang van Limburg and [weekly] Knack today. The extreme right-wing group has international ramifications and is monitored because they have at least four active military men among their members.

Soldiers of Odin was founded by the Finnish neonazi Mika Ranta. The organization has local chapters in various countries, also in Belgium since January. Soldiers of Odin claims to defend Western values and sees itself as an extension of police on the streets.

Asylum seekers

The group opposes the influx of refugees. Four soldiers are members of the organization and have recently been called to account by their commanding officers. The intelligence services also follow two derivative organizations closely: Sons of Odin Antwerp and Warriors of Thor.

Beached narwhal investigated in Belgium


This 2012 video says about itself:

A narwhal‘s tusk makes it weird among whales. It’s actually a tooth that can reach 10 feet in length, and scientists have numerous theories about its powers and purpose.

From the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences:

Narwhal in the River Scheldt Probably Died of Starvation

03/05/2016

by Sigrid Maebe

On 27 April 2016, a dead narwhal was found in the river Scheldt, near the sluice of Wintam (Bornem). The autopsy revealed that the animal probably died of starvation. The narwhal is an arctic species that has never before been observed in Belgium.

An autopsy was carried out on the stranded narwhal in a joint effort by scientists of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), the University of Ghent and the University of Liège.

The advanced state of decomposition makes establishing a cause of death difficult. However, no traces of a ship collision were present. The emaciated condition and the out of range position (more than 100 km away from the sea, and many thousands of km from its home range), indicates a natural process of starvation. Narwhal normally eat fish, crustaceans and cephalopods.

No food remains were found in its stomach or intestine, but, in the stomach, a number of small plastic items and small pieces of eroded driftwood were found. These items are very common in the river Scheldt and are concentrated in certain areas. Their presence in the stomach of the narwhal would indicate that the dying animal had swallowed them in the river and not at sea. We speculate therefore that it had swum up the river, and had died there shortly afterwards. The autopsy also revealed a heart condition and possibly also a thyroid problem. Several examinations and tests have started, including genetic and parasite analyses.

The stranded narwhal was a juvenile male with a (body) length 3,04 m long and a girth of 1,81 m. The tusk protruded 0,7 m out of its body (it can be 3 m long in adult males). The narwhal weighed 290 kg which is more than 150 kg too light for an animal of this length.

This is the first record of a narwhal in Belgium. Only a handful of observations and strandings are known in Europe, including an animal that was killed in the (former) Zuiderzee (The Netherlands) in 1912. Narwhals usually stay north of the 70° North latitude, and their home range includes arctic waters of Russia, Greenland and Canada. This is probably the most southerly record from Europe.

The skeleton of the narwhal will be prepared, and will be taken up in the collection of RBINS. RBINS would like to thank all persons involved in the discovery, securing, transportation and study of this exceptional animal that was discovered in a very unusual location.

Three ‘Earth-like’ planets discovered


This video says about itself:

Three New Earth-Like Planets orbiting Star TRAPPIST 1 Might Be Our Best Bet For Finding Life

2 May 2016

The three Earth-like planets around the Star TRAPPIST-1 were discovered using transit method, only detection method currently available to us.

The Transit method looks for dims in star light as planets pass in front of it, the amount of dimming determines the size of the planet and location of the planet.

Belgian astronomers discovered the three potentially habitable Earth-like planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf star, named TRAPPIST-1, about 40 light-years from Earth. These are some of the smallest exoplanets ever discovered, with a radius only slightly bigger than Earth’s, and they are the first planets discovered around an ultracool dwarf – a dim star not much bigger than Jupiter. Their results are published in Nature.

The most exciting thing about this discovery, made by the Belgian TRAPPIST telescope as the planets passed in front of the star, is that these planets are close enough for us to study. Many of the other potentially habitable worlds we’ve found are much further away and around much brighter stars, making them more difficult to observe.

“These are the first planets similar in size and temperature to Earth and Venus for which we can study the atmospheric composition in detail, and really constrain the surface conditions and habitability,” lead author Dr. Michaël Gillon from the University of Liège told IFLScience.

At first glance, the system might not seem that promising. Two of the planets, TRAPPIST- 1b and c, have years lasting about 1.5 and 2.4 Earth days respectively, meaning they orbit very closely, while TRAPPIST-1d has a less well determined period in the range of 4.5 to 73 days. However, the star has a surface temperature of only 2,550 Kelvins (2,277°C / 4,130 °F ), so they are unlikely to be inferno worlds. Instead, they could be quite the opposite.

The closest two planets receive no more than four times the amount of radiation received by Earth, while the furthest planet likely receives less. This puts the planets at the edges of the star’s habitable zone, the region in which liquid water can exist. It’s not certain if the planets are solid, but TRAPPIST-1 is rich in heavy elements, which indicates a suitable evironment for rocky planets to form.

The planets have a radius of 1.11, 1.05, and 1.16 times that of Earth, which combined with their locations strongly indicates that these objects possess some of the right conditions for life. The planets’ temperatures could range from slightly higher than water’s boiling point to well below freezing.

Tune used in this video is: Surfing Llama and artist name is Bird Creek.

By Michael McLaughlin in the USA:

Astronomers Find 3 ‘Temperate’ Planets That May Support Life

The Earth-like planets are the first ones found orbiting an ultracool dwarf star.

05/02/2016 06:30 pm ET

Astronomers say three recently discovered planets similar to Earth’s size and temperature may have conditions that could sustain life.

An international team observed the three planets orbiting a reddish, ultracool dwarf star, once thought too dim to anchor a solar system. Their research, published in the journal Nature on Monday, said these are the first planets ever seen orbiting an ultracool dwarf star.

“Systems around these tiny stars are the only places where we can detect life on an Earth-sized exoplanet with our current technology,” co-author Michael Gillon, of the University of Liege in Belgium, said in a statement. “So if we want to find life elsewhere in the universe, this is where we should start to look.”

Previously, scientists have only found exoplanets — planets that do not orbit our sun — with conditions unlike Earth’s. In November, for instance, a rocky, Earth-sized planet was found 39 light years away, but its temperature was estimated at 300 degrees to 600 degrees. The discovery of the three potentially habitable planets may encourage researchers to look more closely at the huge numbers of ultracool dwarf stars.

The three planets orbit a star in the Aquarius constellation named Trappist-1, which is about the size of Jupiter. But the planets are close enough to the star to have “temperate” conditions on their surface, MIT researcher Julien De Wit told NPR.

The planets are about 40 light years from Earth — making them nearby in galactic terms.

The nearness and their star’s dimness will make it easier for scientists to study the exoplanets, which are often tough to analyze when orbiting a distant, bright star.

Each of the planets has a side that’s perpetually in daylight and another side that’s completely dark. The most likely region to support life would be along the line separating day and night, where temperatures would be less extreme, according to Gizmodo.

The nearest two planets complete their revolutions around the star in 1.5 days and 2.4 days. Scientists haven’t completely charted the last planet’s orbit, but it could take from 4.5 to 72.8 days.

Astronomers don’t yet know what the planets are made of, and want to check for liquid water, the foundation for life.

Researchers may get further information about the atmospheric conditions after monitoring what happens to the star’s light when the planets pass in front of it, according to The Verge. The presence of different gases on the planets will cause the light to behave differently.

The team used the Trappist telescope in Chile to study 60 stars too dim to see with the naked eye, according to Gizmodo. NASA’s planned launch of the James Webb Space Telescope in 2018 could be useful, as one of its missions is to search for solar systems supporting life.

Narwhal found, first for Belgium


Narwhal found in Belgium, photo by Bornem local authority

Translated from NOS TV in the Belgium:

Unique find: Arctic narwhal washed ashore in Belgium

Today, 12:59

Two Belgian hikers have made a unique discovery at a lock in the Scheldt: a narwhal. Never before an individual of this arctic marine mammal species had been found in Belgium.

Normally, this toothed whale with its distinctive tusk lives only in the polar seas around Canada and Greenland. There is only one known case in the Netherlands, in 1912.

Belgian experts say that this specimen also has a Dutch side, as he must have swum through Dutch waters to Belgium.

Puzzle

The animal, a young male 2 meters long and 290 kilos, had, given the state of decomposition, probably been dead for two or three weeks. The skeleton will be included in the collection of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.

An expert of the museum believes that the persistent north wind may have blown the animal, also called sea unicorn, off course. “The day before yesterday there was already a bottlenose dolphin washed ashore in Ostend. That had not happened since 1990.”

How the animal progressed so far on the Scheldt river (even beyond Antwerp) is still a mystery. The experts call it unlikely that the animal drifted upstream while dead, but there were no reported sightings of a living narwhal in the busy shipping area.

Painter Rubens’ mother’s testament discovered in Belgium


Rubens' mother's testament

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

A Belgian amateur historian has accidentally found a testament of the mother of the painter Peter Paul Rubens. The 73-year-old Willy Stevens found the document of Mary Pypelinckx in the National Archives of Ghent.

Stevens looked at records for writing a book on local history when he stumbled upon a bundle of papers from a 16th century notary from Antwerp. The papers were not inventoried, and actually should have been in another archive.

One of the pieces turned out to be a will which Pypelinckx had recorded in 1583 because she was ill. She would eventually remain alive until 1608.

The archive calls the document “a fine addition to the Rubens family history.” So we now know more details about her eldest son Jan Baptist, about whom little was known.

Pypelinckx wanted her son to take over her wool trade. In the will she reminded him to learn more about it, “om heuren zone te beter couragie te geven om hem des te meer daer inne te oeffenen” [to give her son more courage to get more experienced in it].

The testament will now be restored first and then it will go to the appropriate State Archive, the Antwerp-Beveren one.