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Big sunspot AR2241 erupted on Dec. 18th (21:58 UT), producing a strong M6-class solar flare. Extreme UV radiation from the blast ionized the top of Earth's atmosphere and briefly blacked out HF radio communications over the Pacific Ocean. Stay tuned for updates about a possible Earth-directed coronal mass ejection (CME). 


Wed Dec 17, 2014 at 10:49 AM PST.

Ancient Egyptian technology may be our first line of defense from hospital infections

by Walter Einenkel

No matter where in the world you find yourself, hospitals are filled with bacteria and viruses and potential infections for patients. Constanza Correa and her colleagues believe they have found a simple, and very old, fix that could greatly reduce inpatients' chances of infection—replacing bedrails with copper.

Copper definitely wipes out microbes. "Bacteria, yeasts and viruses are rapidly killed on metallic copper surfaces, and the term "contact killing" has been coined for this process," wrote the authors of an article on copper in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. That knowledge has been around a very long time. The journal article cites an Egyptian medical text, written around 2600-2000 B.C., that cites the use of copper to sterilize chest wounds and drinking water.
Cassandra D. Salgado, MD (who, besides being a hospital epidemiologist and associate professor of medicine, is also the medical director for infection prevention at the Medical University of South Carolina) explains:

...that the antimicrobial effect of copper-alloy surfaces is a result of the metal stealing electrons from the bacteria when they come into contact with each other. “Once the bacteria donate the electrons to the copper metal, this places the organism into a state of electrical-charge deficit,” she says. “As a consequence, free radicals are generated inside the cell, which ultimately leads to the cell’s death.”
Early data from a study done where copper rails were used in 3 separate hospitals' ICU units are promising.

Our study demonstrated that placing a copper alloy surface onto 6 common, highly touched objects in ICU rooms reduced the risk of HAI by more than half at all study sites.
Copper hasn't been used because it's cheaper to mass-produce plastics and stainless steel moldings. However, hospital related infections are considerably more of an economic burden for everyone involved.

In industrialized countries, 5 percent of patients develop these infections and the number is three times more in developing countries. These are infections like pneumonia and urinary tract infections. In the United States, the annual direct cost to treat these infections is $40 billion a year. Plus the patient loses time at work. And we don't consider what happens after a patient leaves the hospital. They may get sick [from these infections] later, too.
In the end, the bump in price to install copper bedrails is not that much. The larger question will be whether hospitals get more radical and actually outfit the numerous surfaces that can benefit from the use of copper.
Copper kills everything. Why wouldn't you use it?

« on: December 18, 2014, 10:52:37 PM »
Volcanic eruption in Cape Verde destroys two villages Dec 16
Bissau (AFP) - The biggest eruption of Cape Verde volcano Pico do Fogo in decades has destroyed two villages and threatens a forest reserve Tuesday, officials said.
Some 1,500 people were forced to abandon their homes before the lava flow reached the villages of Portela and Bangeira on Fogo island in the Atlantic archipelago, fire brigade chief Arlindo Lima said late Monday on national radio.
More than 1,000 people were evacuated from the Cha das Caldeiras region at the foot of the volcano immediately after it first erupted on November 23, while officials closed the airport as the skies darkened with ash.
Lima, who heads civil protection services, said that the lava gained ground on Sunday. "The lava front, (which was) more than 500 metres (547 yards) north of outlying houses in Bangeira a week ago, has swept over much of the village and continues to move forward."
The village of Portela has also been destroyed, according to Lima and local journalists.
Volcanic activity is rare, but when its highest peak Pico do Fogo erupted, expert Bruno Faria told state-owned Radio Cape Verde that the initial blast was "much greater than the one in 1995", which showered the island with ash. Residents said that gas was also coming out of the crater.
Nine injured, one missing after Indonesian volcanic eruption
December 19, 2014 12:53 pm
Jakarta (dpa) - Nine people were injured and another was missing as they scrambled to escape a volcanic eruption in eastern
Indonesia, an official said Friday.
The Mount Gamalama volcano in North Maluku province erupted late Thursday, sending ash and rocks 2,000 metres into the sky, said Sutopo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency.

The victims, all mountain climbers, were injured while running to escape the eruption, and not by volcanic materials, Sutopo said.

One person from the group was still unaccounted for, he said.

The volcanic ash was still blanketing much of the city of Ternate on Friday morning, Sutopo said.

WHAT'S LURKING IN 2014 / Re: Global Banker and Dark Cabal Roundup
« on: December 18, 2014, 10:15:56 PM »
I believe at least part of that will happen.
Some really good things will happen...

PLANET X ASTRONOMY / Re: Suspicious Observers
« on: December 18, 2014, 11:43:19 AM »
suspicious0bservers (Ben Davidson) uploaded 8 hours ago

Satellite Down, Earth-Directed CME | S0 News December 18, 2014    5:55   9,910 views


SOLAR EVENTS / Re: SOLAR EVENTS (also current info on space weather)
« on: December 18, 2014, 11:32:57 AM »

Daily Sun: 18 Dec 14   

I find that if I include some dairy and legumes such as the easy to cook packs of Madras lentils, I do OK. I am mainly vegetarian... only eat a bite of something when of my kids cooks it, etc. No pork.
I allow some toast and jams and jellies... less likely to binge on fattening desserts, that way.

I'm still hanging in. Down to the weight I was at about eight years ago.
I have a long way to go, yet.

SOLAR EVENTS / Re: Ed's Newer Topic for Geomagnetic Warnings, etc.
« on: December 17, 2014, 11:09:51 AM »
No Geomagnetic Storm Warnings at the moment...

EARTH CHANGES / Re: Record-Breaking Earth Changes Statistics
« on: December 17, 2014, 11:01:01 AM »
Yowbarb Note: I don't know if the exact data is available, yet.

Early images from the Global State of the Climate Report show "The fall snow extent for the northern hemisphere is at a record high."

Info from:  Big Solar Flare, Snow Records | S0 News December 17, 2014   5:56

                 Video link:


EARTH CHANGES / Re: Record-Breaking Earth Changes Statistics
« on: December 17, 2014, 10:51:01 AM »
Yowbarb Note -
From Ben Davidson in his video of this morning, "early released images coming out from the Global State of the Climate Report for November..." Significant Climate Anomalies...
Big Solar Flare, Snow Records | S0 News December 17, 2014     5:57  301 views

Published on Dec 17, 2014

Rutgers:  Snow Cover

Screen capture: Significant Anomalies shown in early images from the  Global State of The Climate  Report

EARTH CHANGES / Re: Earthquakes General
« on: December 17, 2014, 10:33:41 AM »
Earthquakes in the southern hemisphere are always noteworthy...
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Big Solar Flare, Snow Records | S0 News December 17, 2014   

PLANET X ASTRONOMY / Re: Suspicious Observers
« on: December 17, 2014, 10:04:51 AM »
suspicious0bservers (Ben Davidson) uploaded 5 hours ago. He mentioned a cosmic surge up to 103...
Big Solar Flare, Snow Records | S0 News December 17, 2014     5:57  301 views

Published on Dec 17, 2014

SURVIVALIST HEAL THYSELF / Lyme Disease - post your suggestions here.
« on: December 17, 2014, 09:24:35 AM »
Any ideas?
Back soon and will post what I find...

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