Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wyoming Will Aerial Spray Insecticide to Kill Looming Grasshopper Invasion

Remixx World! follows grasshopper stories. I covered them last year and I will continue covering grasshoppers as long as I am writing this blog. For past grasshopper stories there are links at the bottom of this article for a handy reference guide.

Now, back to the story.

Grasshoppers are set to invade the West just like they did in 2010. Wyoming is one State predicting such as invasion and is planning to spend millions of dollars fighting the 'hoppers.

Last year they invaded northeast Wyoming...

...Laramie County Weed and Pest Control District officials are preparing to sign up landowners for aerial spraying with an insecticide to kill the hungry pests...


Wyoming is not the only State where there is a grasshopper concern. Please see the USDA/South Dakota document Grasshopper Outlook on the Rangelands: 2011 or below.
Grasshopper Outlook on Rangelands 2011

1. Grasshopper Infestation Swarm Could Destroy Western USA Crops (March 31, 2010);

2. America's Western States Poised for Worst Grasshopper Swarms in Thirty (30) Years (June 2, 2010);

3. Montana Faces Worst Grasshopper Infestation in Twenty-Five (25) Years (July 26, 2010)

Two Giant Whirlpools Discovered in Atlantic Ocean off Coast of Guyana & Suriname

Wow. The wonders of this planet never cease especially the undiscovered wonders. How did scientists miss two (2) giant whirlpools all these years? These whirlpool suckers must have just appeared on the scene. Stay tuned, because I have no clue what it means when two (2) whirlpools appear out of the blue.

US scientists discovered two giant whirlpools in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Guyana and Suriname. It became a sensational discovery because this part of the ocean has been studied thoroughly, and no one expected anything like that to appear in the area. More importantly, no one can understand where the whirlpools came from and what surprises they may bring to people.

Source: Pravda

Monday, April 11, 2011

FLASHBACK: Nuclear Meltdown in Simi Valley Releases Radioactive Krypton-85 and Xenon-133 into Atmosphere (1959)

I learn something new every day. I have lived in California for 16 years and I never knew that there was a nuclear meltdown anywhere within thousand miles of Los Angeles. Unfortunately, there was a partial meltdown in Simi Valley back in 1959.

The SRE accident occurred in July 1959 when there was an accidental blockage of sodium coolant in some of the reactor coolant channels. This resulted in the partial cladding melting of 13 of the 43 reactor fuel assemblies and the release of some fission products that contaminated the primary reactor cooling system and some of the inside rooms of the facility. Reactor safety systems functioned properly, and the reactor was safely shut down. The primary pressure vessel, containing the reactor core and sodium coolant, remained intact. Under the oversight of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), contamination within the building was cleaned up, and the damaged reactor fuel assemblies removed. A second fuel loading was inserted, and operations continued in September 1960 until the reactor was shut down in February 1964 due to termination of the project.

Detailed Account of Sodium Reactor Experiment (SRE) Partial Meltdown at Santa Susana (1959)